Quotes from homestay students on The Language List Programme(more here):
“One week before my arrival Erica sent me an email asking me about my specific needs. She was very nice and we agreed to visit the Seven Sisters and Lewes. We were already starting to know each other before my arrival.
Erica gave me to do a diagnostic test, so she was able to spot exactly where I needed help. Besides, I could decide how many hours per day to study, so the atmosphere was very relaxed but efficient at the same time.” – Laura Satta, student on TLL homestay.
“I travelled to England to study english and I were living and studying english with Erica Clark and her wonderful family for 5 weeks. It was such a gorgeous experience! I learnt much more than only english I learnt about life in England, food, culture and people. I met wonderful and kind people in Lewes and I felt one more in Erica’s family. Erica is a great teacher kind, patient and flexible. I’ve never forget my time there.” – Paula Schmincke, student on TLL homestay.
“Hello! I’m Dmitriy from Ukraine. I visited Clarke family in April 2014. More hospitable and friendly people I have not seen before .To be honest, the first two days was a little bit stressful because I was trying to break down the language barrier and adjust my ear to gain a better understanding. Erica taught me 25 hours a week. I’d like to say that is quite a lot. We worked on grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. After lessons we communicated with her friends thus I strengthened my knowledge which I’ve just obtained. I was plunged into the English environment, sometimes I even thought in English. Erica is a wonderful professional. I visited a lot of English courses where native speakers was in charge, you know but better teacher then Erica I haven’t met before. I spent only 2 weeks in Lewes with Clarke family but I feel that I know them for ages. Now Erica is my friend and I’m looking forward to meet her so she could test my knowledge of irregular verbs again.” – Dmitri Krator, student on TLL homestay.
The Two Scots Abroad on their experience of homestay while learning Spanish in Peru.
After two weeks in Peru it became apparent that our sporadic playing on the Duolingo app was not quite enough to survive off the gringo trail in South America! Craig and I signed up for a Spanish school in Cusco, Peru and to really take ourselves out from our comfort zone – applied for a homestay! For five days we lived with our wee Peruvian gran, Doris, and attended school from 9am to 1pm every day for an intense 2 – 1 programme with our tutor, Cesar. Cesar gave us homework each night, as we improved our tasks progressed from paragraphs to essays and after that week I’d say we both felt pretty confident. So confident that we went on another homestay, this time on Taquile Island close to the floating islands of Puno. Unfortunately after South America, we spent six months in Canada, and we found it pretty challenging going back to a Spanish speaking country (Nicaragua) eight months after Peru. We would say we both can read Spanish pretty well, we just lack the confidence in speech, immersing yourself in a culture is the best way to learn so this Summer we are off to Spain – third time lucky! – Gemma from Two Scots Aboard, follow them on Instagram and Twitter.