This section is designed to answer your questions about Homelingua courses. Please contact a member of the Homelingua Team if you cannot find the answer to your question.

Questions

Are your teachers qualified?

All our teachers are fully qualified and meet international standards. We only work with teachers that have an English teaching qualification such as CELTA from the University of Cambridge or TESOL from Trinity College London and fully qualified school teachers (PGCE). Our teachers come from various backgrounds and specialisms such as finance, business, law, medical and aviation.

What is the minimum length of stay?

The Minimum course length is one week (6 nights), with students arriving to the teacher’s home on Sunday (usually after 11:00) and leaving on Saturday (usually before 11:00). A three day weekend intensive course option is also available.

 

Most of our students stay for 2-3 weeks, however, we have many students who stay for 4 weeks or more. We also have students who stay for longer courses of 8-16 weeks. These students usually have a clear objective such as taking IELTS or a Cambridge exam.

1 week = 6 nights
2 weeks = 13 nights
3 weeks = 20 nights
4 weeks = 27 nights

You can book a maximum of 2 additional nights accommodation, depending on availability.

Is a Homelingua home tuition course more expensive than a language school?

Home tuition is cheaper than taking a one-to-one course at most language schools. The course fee includes your tuition fee, accommodation and all meals with your home tutor. Home tuition is more expensive than a group language course, on which you will usually be studying with between 10-14 other students.

What kind of person teaches on a Homelingua home tuition course?

Many of our teachers have come to teaching English after a previous career and are aged between 36 – 65. Some teachers may have taught subjects in mainstream schools, others will have come from completely different careers. This means that many of our teachers are able to bring a great wealth of experience and knowledge to their teaching. Except in exceptional circumstances, all teachers will have taken at least a CELTA qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language before joining the Homelingua team. We have teachers who are experienced in exam preparation, especially in CAE, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and BEC.

What do I do if I don’t get on with my teacher?

In the very rare case where a student does not get on with the teacher, we will discreetly move the student to another teacher. This happens very rarely, and should not happen if we have full information about your interests, language requirements and study objectives.

Can I choose the location where I stay?

You can request locations and the teacher, however, we cannot guarantee that you request(s) will be available for the dates chosen. If your chosen teacher or location is unavailable, we will suggest alternatives for you.

Can I participate on a Homelingua course by myself?

Yes, Homelingua is a course designed for individual participation (1:1). Most students join by themselves, although some students choose to study with a friend (2:1). During the summer we offer a student matching service called Summer Duo.