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Hello, my name is Frances and I have been an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher for three years, having successfully completed the TESOL Certificate in January 2010.  I have been a journalist, copywriter, author and PR consultant for the last 30+ years, and teach both general and business English.

I have given one-to-one tuition to people from different countries in Europe, South America and Asia, and also teach groups from all over Europe. Lessons focus on speaking, listening, pronunciation, and reading or writing, according to the needs of each client.  With a background in journalism/writing I often find myself working with people writing business documents and I am currently working with a client towards the IELTS exam. 

I am married to Ian and we have one son, Mike, who now lives in London, and I have two married step-daughters. We have one cat and one dog (a black Labrador), who live in the kitchen area.

We live in Chipstead, Surrey which is conveniently located for the M25, Gatwick, Heathrow and London (35 minutes by train from Chipstead station). Our house is Farm Cottage, a very English cottage that has three bedrooms, three reception rooms and a large garden.  It is surrounded by trees and fields but is only one mile from shops.

Chipstead is a lovely English village with plenty of sporting activities and fantastic walks across fields and through woodland. It is only three miles from Banstead, a small town, and Reigate, an interesting town with historical sites including a fort at the top of Reigate Hill where the view stretches for miles.  Both towns have plenty of interesting shops and cafes.  

Places to visit:
Polesden Lacey, National Trust stately home and gardens, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII’s wife) and beautiful gardens, www.hevercastle.co.uk
Wisley, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens, indoor tropical plant centre, www.rhs.org.uk/Wisley-Garden
Denbies Wine Estate, you can do a tour of the vineyards and winery, www.denbies.co.uk
London:  tour around the south bank, the London Eye, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, St Martin’s in the Fields church, the National Gallery, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. Also Oxford Street, Knightsbridge (Harrod’s), London Bridge – Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, St Paul’s Cathedral, and much more.


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New Teachers, New Areas


We now have new teachers in the following areas:


Kendal (Lake District)




We're really excited to be able to offer you even more choice of locations for your full immersion English course.

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Mumpreneur 2011 Award


Local mum and entrepreneur, Lorna Allen, has earned herself a place in the final lineup of The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

The mother of 2 runs Live and Learn Homestays Ltd., an organisation offering personalised English courses and leisure activities to people visiting the Midlands region from abroad. Lorna's customers (homestay guests) benefit from a full immersion experience where they are placed with host families and have the unique opportunity to improve their English skills and learn about British culture through sharing their host families' lives.

Lorna Allen, Director of Live and Learn Homestays tells NetworkMilan.com how you can improve your English and feel at home in the “Heart of England”

Live and Learn Homestays Ltd is a small English language homestay company based in Birmingham, the "Heart of England", in the UK. The company is owned and managed by Lorna Allen, a local entrepreneur who worked part-time as a homestay tutor and local organiser for a large, international language homestay company for over seven years.

Read full article here: www.networkmilan.com