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Live and learn with a teacher

An increasing popular form of learning or improving a student’s English ability (particularly spoken English) is for them to acquire an English teacher and attend an intensive 1:1 course held at the teacher’s home.


What are the benefits?

Faster progress

On a 1:1 home tuition course your teacher focusses just on you, so you will make much more progress than on a group course in a language school.

A course designed just for you

Different to group courses where the teacher follows a fixed curriculum, most courses are personally designed to meet your academic needs and study goals.

Flexible schedule

Choose a schedule that fits around your life. There are courses starting every week of the year with a range of different tuition hours from 15 to 30 hours per week and a 10 hour intensive weekend course. If you have special request or need a customised course package, please contact us.

Immersion environment

As you are living in the home of your teacher, you also have the advantage of being totally immersed in the language outside of lesson times which means you can use the English that you have practised during the lesson. This will help build your confidence and greatly improve your speaking skills.

Comfortable accommodation

You will be staying in quality accommodation with your own private bedroom. All teachers’ houses are inspected regularly to ensure the highest standards. Some of our teachers have a private bathroom available for an additional charge.

A friendly and professional teacher

All teachers have an English teaching qualification such as CELTA from the University of Cambridge or TESOL from Trinity College London or are fully qualified school teachers (PGCE). All teachers are fully inspected and regularly observed.

Recommended Providers

We recommend the following providers of homestay English language courses. All are accredited by the British Council. LPO is a partner of each provider; contact us to make an enquiry or book a course.


Dulwich English

Dulwich English provides homestay English language courses located in Dulwich village which is one of London’s education hubs having some of the top independent schools located there. With beautiful surrounding, you would not think that central London just a 12-minute journey away by train.

The teacher, Joan McClarmount, is an experience British Council accredited English teacher who creates bespoke courses for each student. A sample timetable for young learners can be found below:

As the mother of three teenagers, Joan understands the concerns that a parent has when sending their child on a language course. They want to be reassured their child will have a warm welcome, a caring host and a safe and comfortable home to stay in. They also want the learning environment to be relaxed and friendly and not to involve lots of other children speaking their native language out of class. Joan has many years’ experience of tutoring Young Learners and aims to provide a personalised, caring service. It is important that teenagers are motivated enough to cope with a one-to-one course and emotionally mature enough to stay away from home.


A stay at Dulwich English is also ideal for children who are visiting the UK prior to coming to study at a British boarding school or university. Living with a family is an excellent way to gain immersion into a culture and can also help out in exeat and half terms. English classes for teenagers must be both interesting and entertaining. Each course is designed to provide a well-balanced English course covering all the necessary skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. We recommend a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of classes per day. As the teenagers are living in a family home, they will have many additional contact hours and plenty of opportunities to absorb the language during the day and evening with the family.  If a student has particular needs, just let us know.



Bucksmore Homelingua

Homelingua specialises in intensive, one-to-one home tuition courses giving students an opportunity to live and learn in the home of a professional teacher, benefiting from one-to-one tailored English lessons in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Homelingua is committed to delivering home tuition programmes of the highest possible quality so it only works with the best tutors who are able to provide a friendly and comfortable environment in which to learn. It follows a very rigorous selection procedure and only 10% of all the teachers who apply for work with Homelingua are then selected to become Homelingua tutors.

With Bucksmore’s long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality academic programmes, your course will meets all of your needs, sending you back to your home country with an improved level of English and fond memories of your time in your tutor’s family home. Bucksmore Homelingua is accredited by the British Council for the quality of its courses and operations.

There are over 100 amazing locations available across the United Kingdom and Ireland – a home tuition course is not only about make great academic progress but it is a chance to visit the United Kingdom and Ireland. Bucksmore Homelingua have teachers in all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland including: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Scotland and Dublin.

A wide range of courses are available including academic studies and general English. Contact us for further details or to make a booking.

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