Hi, My name is Phinyada from Thailand and now studying A-level . This half-term, I’m doing A level revision course which is very helpful for me to revise the subject that I’m doing at school. I think that the teaching methods from this course is very effective and really help me not to forget on what I have done. Studying one to one with a teacher, I can ask what I don’t understand more comfortable than when I’m studying in my class back in school. I am really satisfied with this course and I hope to come back again.
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Hello everyone! My name is Maxim, I’m almost sixteen and I’m from Russia, but I live in Spain with my grandmother and uncle(who is sixteen years old!). I spent two weeks in Margate with Ella Dingley, Jim Dingley, Alexandra Dingley, Alena Dingley and a very good doggie(which breed is bullmastiff) named Tia. This family is incredible, and I had a great time with them everyday of this unforgettable trip. We discussed a lot of things with them, such as movies, politics, video games with Alexandra, different nations with Jima and English traditions with Ella. During my first week here, I was a bit nervous, because it is my first time living in another family. But now, I’m feeling like it’s my second family! Every morning we had an English lesson for three hours on which talked about grammar, pronunciation etc. Ella is a very good English teacher and she helped me a lot with everything I wanted to know. I liked this lessons very much and I will miss them. Every evening we watched a movie in English(with subtitles), which I liked.
We visited a lot of different interesting places during two weeks time, such as Turner Contemporary, Canterbury Castle, Walmer Castle, London, Dover Castle and a lot of fun places such as Mini-Golf and amusement park. A made a lot of photos of this places which I will include at the end of my review.
If I had a chance to go to England to live in a family, I would choose to be with Ella’s family again!
Hi, I am Deniza and I am 16 years old. I am from Russia. I came into the family on August 13 and today is my last day. I got a very good family and I don’t want to leave. I am very shy person so I was afraid that it would be hard to fit it, but from the first day I realized that i am in a good family and I should not be afraid to make mistakes, because nobody’s going to scold me, I just have to speak. First and foremost you must understand that a large part depends on you. If improve your English and to overcome the barrier is not the main task of your trip, you will not be able to do it, no matter how good would not be a teacher, so think first. Perhaps in the beginning you will want to go home, because you dot to the other side, but don’t worry about it, with time it will pass and you will want to stay. You need to be prepared for the fact that it is nit for fun, every day you will have lessons, expect weekends. For example, I had them from 8 am to 12.30 pm, of course with breaks, but lessons were very interesting. I lived in Watford and despite this I had a trip to London for a day and few trips around town for half a day, so don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to see the sights, take a lot of pictures and buy souvenirs. You can choose a tour for yourself, no one will take you to impose. In principle, this can be completed. I hope me post will useful for you and I hope you understand that there is nothing to fear, everything will be fine, it is pleasant with useful. I highly recommended my teacher. Her name is Laureen Bygrave and I am sure these lessons with her as you will not have with anyone. I wish you good luck!!!
Hello I am Ayane. I came to Scotland last week with my aunt.
We are in Kirriemuir which is famous for Peter Pan. The writer of the story was born here.
Also the Rock star Bon Scott from AC/DC was born here and lived here till he was 8.
We visited Glamis Castle. It’s very big and old. I went inside the castle. It’s really beautiful.
We also visited Edinburgh. I enjoyed the festival there and we had a picnic in Princes street gardens.
I am staying with a family with twin boys and their sister. I cooked noodles for them and they enjoyed them very much.
We also learned Origami which mean fold paper.
I’m Arthur, I’m 13 years old and I’m French. I was with Ella, Jim, Alexandra, Alena, a big doggy Tia and Speedy Gonzales the tortoise. It’s a lovely family!
We can progress very fast in English with Ella because she’s a very good teacher. There is 3 hours of lessons and 30 minutes break. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are very delicious and varied. The afternoon activities:
– Going to the beach and the folk festival in Broadstairs,
– Playing football and table tennis,
– Going to the cinema,
– Visiting Walmer Castle,
– Going to Canterbury and the Cathedral,
– Each evening I watched an English film with the subtitles, which help to understand spoken English.
This one week passed so quickly, so I advise you to do 2 weeks at least.
Hello, I’m Merlin. I am 9 years old and in the fourth grade.
I come from Switzerland.
It was at 8 o’clock.
Usually I ate toast with Nutella and drunk a hot chocolate.
It was at 13 o’clock.
Usually I ate Pasta, sausages and salad and drunk a cup of tea.
It was at 18 o’clock.
I ate usually fish, chicken or Pasta, rice or chips.
In the Morning I studied 3 hours English with Ella. I learned irregular verbs in past simple and past participle. I learned a lot of new words. Ella prepared me to take a KET exam so I did a lot of listenings.
In the Afternoon I had a Trip.
I was at the beach, in the Turner Art Gallery, in the swimming pool, in the Walmer castle, I played mini-golf with Jim (Ellas husband) and table tennis with Ella and I was in Canterbury and watched the Cathedral! This afternoon I am going to Dreamland (if it stops raining). I love playing Wii games when it rains.
I took many photos. It was so exciting!
In the Evening I watched a film on the TV, ate a cake and fruit and did my homework.
Hi! Our names are Anastasia and Cristina and we are from Russia and Spain. Our age is fourteen years old. We have been at Sally’s house in Trelleck for three weeks.
Every day began with waking up at nine o’clock then we had breakfast at half past nine. Lessons start at 10 o’clock. In our lessons we had speaking and listening exercises.After lessons we have lunch. Lunch was always very tasty. Before activities we had a lot of free time. We had activities like walking, having picnics.
Sally brought us to Bristol and Bath. In Bristol we went to AirHop. AirHop it’s amazing trampoline park. We also were in the theatre which name is The Old Vic. It was incredible. In Bath we went shopping and we bought tickets to sightseeing bus. Also we went to the Eastnor castle where we had a picnic and walked in the gardens.
When we came back after each activity we had a little bit of free time and then we had dinner with the family. We ate chicken with curry and rice or meat with potatoes or vegetables. Then after dinner we had free time. Sometimes we watch a horror film or a comedy with pop corn. Our favourite film was Don’t knock twice.
Most of time Sally cooked dinner but sometimes we cooked it. We cooked lots of things like cookies and risotto. Also one of Sally’s sons was a master of pancakes.
We enjoyed a lot living and learning with Sally and we hope that we will come back.
We’re two 17 year old girls from Spain and Austria who already met last year at Michelle Miller’s place in Suffolk. So, as you can guess, we had a great time together and that’s why we decided to come back this year.
Last year we only spent one week together and we became good friends, so this year we wanted to lengthen our stay to 3 weeks. They’ve been, undoubtedly, the best weeks in our summer holidays!
We’ve done so many things that it’s impossible to list all of them. But we’d like you to have an idea of some of the amazing things we’ve done.
In the mornings, we had lessons, but don’t think they were monotonous or boring. Each day we did something different and had a large variety of things, so time passed very quickly. We learnt lots of new things, but not only from books, also in different ways, such as funny games, making up stories with the new vocabulary, treasure hunts in stunning places, cookery, watching the news and we also went to the court to watch a trial! One day we conducted an interview with a friend of Michelle’s, who made us a delicious tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones and chocolate cake! <3
In the afternoons, we had excursions in which we visited different places and did several activities. And the great thing is that we had lots of choices! Our favourites were the magic show, the archery, stately homes like Kentwell Hall and beautiful seaside places such as Frinton.
At the weekends, we had full day excursions. For the first one we went to Ipswich to the Fake Festival to watch tribute bands, which was a nice and enjoyable experience. For the second one we visited the castle of Framlingham and we also walked around the town. Afterwards, we went to other pretty villages which are nearby.
Michelle’s house is in a rural area, but not far away from Ipswich. It’s a lovely old building and it has the best accommodation you could imagine. We both have our own bedrooms and our own bathroom. Everyday Michelle cooked us the most delicious dishes in a huge variety. She also gave us the choice to decide what we preferred. In the evenings we were more than welcome to join Michelle and her husband Jeremy in watching TV. We had our beds changed every weekend and if we wanted to get clothes washed we only had to tell her.
The first thing Michelle told us when we arrived was “Feel like you’re at home”, and she also said “help yourselves!”. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, who is a very friendly, witty and funny man. They also have a cat called Tigger, who is very nice! All of them made us feel like we were part of the family.
In conclusion, we had a memorable experience at Michelle’s place and we’ll always be grateful for everything the family had done for us. We’re sure that we’re going to come back in the future, not as students but as friends. We know that we’ll always be welcome there.
Now we’d like you to see some of our memorable moments represented in the following pictures!
We urge you to go to Michelle’s place, to have an amazing experience as we had!
I enjoyed two weeks in Pawlett with Chris, my teacher, Gill, his wife, George, his grandson and Juan, my classmate and friend. We had been here also last year and we returned to Chris’ house. Just as i had hoped it has happened again. With Chris we did 3 interactive and varied lessons per day and Gill cooked for us 3 different meals every day, with typical and unusual English foods. During the evening Juan and could play pool at the pavilion (the village’s pub) or tried to beat Chris in snooker, but it was so difficult! We enjoyed some trips in the near cities, for example at Glastonbury tor and some times Chris brought us to play golf with him. I had an another great year with Juan and Chris’ family.