Great new experience for me: I had no idea this kind of homestay courses existed at all! I totally recommend it, and I recommend it with Gill Stephens! Gill is a highly experienced teacher, she will adapt to whatever your learning needs are and fit the lectures to your interests. Both Gill and his partner (Nick) will pay attention to every detail to make you feel at home.
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Hello, I am Filip. I am 21. I am from the Czech Republic. I lived in this big house with Ella’s family, who are Jim, the husband, Alena and Alexandra, the girls, Tia, the dog and Speedy Gonzales, the tortoise. I spent with them three weeks and I had a lot of experience here. I visited three castles: Walmer Castle with a beautiful garden, Deal Castle and I went to Dover Castle twice because it is so big that we did not have enough time to see it in one day. Ella took me to the Charles Dickens Museum in Broadstairs, Bleak House where Charles Dickens wrote “David Copperfield” and smugglers museum.
Alena and her German friend Sofie took me to Turner Contemporary Gallery and saw the “Animals and us” exhibition. I prefer historical museums.
Jim took me to the city of Canterbury and I visited Canterbury Cathedral.
I was studying five hours a day. I came here to prepare for my exams at University. I feel that it was very good for me. I think I made a lot of progress. I had free weekends for full day excursions.
I wish to be here longer.
Hi, I am Magdalena from Bilbao.
Last May I spent two weeks with Lesley and David in their charming house in Bristol. When I arrived they gave me a warm welcome and since the beginning I felt very comfortable with them. The house was very well prepared to develop this kind of learning program, in fact, my room was very nice. They took care of everything I needed and at the same time, I had time to enjoy the stay on my own, something that I really appreciated.
Lesley Mathew is a very professional teacher and she has everything very well organized to make the most of the English learning process: the method, materials as well as, the valuable suggestions she gave me. I had four hours/day classes and we did some amazing excursions to Bristol and Bath. We visit several museum and I was really impressed by the quality of their expositions.
I feel very grateful for having the opportunity to live such an interesting experience and I recommend this program to everyone who wants to boost his English.
Ah! And the weather was incredible.
I had a great experience with Vera and David. Very nice area in the suburbs of Cheltenham with lots of green spots and quite atmosphere. At ten minutes from the center by car. We enjoyed visiting the surroundings. I loved when we went to Oxford, amazing experience. I totally recommend this family.
My name is Kirill. I’m twelve years old and I’m from Russia. I’m staying in Cottenham – near Cambridge, with Daniela and her family. (I’m staying alone)
The family is kind, friendly and caring. I learnt a lot vocabulary from Andrew and Emma (who are 12 years old boy and 8 years old girl) because I play a lot with them. I get on really well with them and we have lots of fun ,we play water fights, computer games called PUBGmobile .I played this game with Andrew.
My room is really nice and big, and when I arrived I was really impressed because the house is big and my bedroom is twice bigger then my last year bedroom.(i have been with LLE last year too) In my bedroom I also have my own sofa, bathroom, fridge and desk. The garden is really big too and we’re having a great time on the swings and trampoline .
I fill that I have made a lot of progress and I’m working really hard in the lessons and outside lessons too. Daniela is a good teacher, she’s patient, kind, helpful and ambitious. She has high expectation.
I had good and healthy food and it was different all the time. Home burgers and salmon en croute were my favourite dishes.
Places that I visited
I’ve already visited many places and I’m going to tell you all about them. The first place that I have visited was Cambridge and Cambridge Colleges. I enjoy that. Next, I was visiting Anglesey Abbey, very beautiful house with amazing garden. The third visit was London. In London I was in many places but the most important are: History Museum, Hide Park and bout trip on the river Thames . The next place that I visited was Wimple Hall ,another really big house with farm and park. The last one is Duxford- very big museum with lots of planes. I’d enjoyed everything. I would recommend this course to young learners.
I have just spent 3 weeks in Witham, Essex improving my English. I lived with my teacher Karen and her husband Neil – they were very friendly! They looked after me very well! The house was very cosy and I had a lovely big modern and well-equipped room with a large bed and lots of space to move around and for studying. Furthermore I had a modern private bathroom. The course itself met all my expectations. I was always speaking and listening to English. The classes were very effective and diverse. I did lots of different activities (always in English!) like yoga, Nordic walking, theatre, cinema, visits to special places and towns and lots of walking generally. And finally, I read loads of books and watched the corresponding films which was a really nice experience! Thank you everyone for the opportunity of doing this full-immersion course which from a learning perspective is so thorough compared to learning in a group!
Hello, my name is Floren. I’m from Thailand. I came to England to spend a week and a half at Jim and Ella’s house. They are so kind to me. I really enjoyed the time that I spent here. Ella’s lessons are fun and interesting; she would always find new exercises and games for me to do. During my stay here I have tried a lot of new things, traditional English food such and black pudding, gherkins and jacket potato. Also, visiting a lot of new and fascinating places on my excursions such as Canterbury cathedral and Canterbury haunted houses, The Shell Grotto where no one knows why or how it was built. Ella showed me Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Jim and Ella’s house is in Margate with only 10 minute walk to the beach. It is a very nice town with lovely weather in the summer (Ella says that I’m luckyJ). Jim and Ella have a dog and a tortoise, Tia and speedy. Tia is the biggest softie that I have ever met, she is really sweet and I will miss her so much when I go back to Thailand. Speedy likes to hide in the garden, on a sunny day she will come out of hiding and she loves it when you feed her apples. It was a really great experience and I would recommend everyone to come.
I am sixty, I come from France. Elain’s lessons and teaching methods were excellent! Now I got more confident in speaking English and I improved a lot.
I enjoyed the visits of Oxford and the Costwolds. The activities were very diverse: guided tour, cycling, walking along the river, watching films ou DVD.
The most important to improve, were all the chats with Elain and her husband Patrick, about a wide range of topics, sometimes unusual like birds.
Elain is a very good cook and I can discovered English cheese and delicious meals.
I definitely recommand a training with Elain in Oxford !