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Homestay teachers in Scotland and Wales

Homestay teachers in Scotland and Wales

My name is Marie Probert and I have been an English language home tutor for almost 20 years. I am now semi retired. I have taught English in schools, at home on a private basis and as voluntary work in the Far East. I am now concentrating on liaising between students and teachers to ensure that students are placed with the most compatible teacher

Selecting the best English homestay tutors

I have a good understanding of what students are looking for, having had experience across many cultures. I have personally interviewed and verified every English language teacher listed on my website. I have visited and inspected all the accommodation offered. All teachers on my site are highly qualified and experienced in one-to-one home tuition and in homestay hosting. To work with Homestay English teaching, all teachers must meet a strict criteria. The same applies for the accommodation.

English tuition homestay teaching methods

Our teaching style is friendly and informal. We aim to provide a relaxed learning environment with complete flexibility in the materials and methods we use, and the way in which we teach. The lessons are both stimulating and imaginative, which will keep you engaged and interested in the learning process. Your learning experience with us,will focus on your individual aims and objectives and your language skills will improve. As well as improving your English skills, our aim is to give you a wonderful experience of British culture,in a family homestay with an English teacher

A unique English Homestay experience

Our aim is to ensure that all students who come through this organisation, get the maximum benefit from their homestay experience on a more, personal level. Any problems should be reported immediately and will be dealt with promptly. I am personally available 24/7 and can be contacted on the telephone number in the student’s handbook.

Homestay teachers in Scotland and Wales

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Kathi Branse- Instone: Homestay teachers in Scotland

Location : Duns small town
Accommodation offered : Double bedroom
Private bathroom
Family at home: Husband 3 sons, 6,13,15 and daughter 10
Pets: Cat
Interests: Patchwork and Quilting,Gardening,Baking,Keeping chickens
General English

About me

I am bilingual English/German and have been a language teacher for eighteen years. My qualifications include a MA (hons) English Language, a PGCE (MFL) and most recently a TEFL. We have been hosting guests from abroad for many years but increasingly so since moving to our current home three years ago. My husband is a historian and we run a busy household with four children: Oskar (14), Ruben (12), Lucy (9) and Albert (5). Our house is a large Georgian villa in the small and pretty town of Duns in the Scottish Borders, close to some of Scotland’s best beaches, abbeys and country houses (about one hour by car south-east of Edinburgh). We have a large garden surrounding the house which is home to lots of flowers, trees, wildlife and our chickens. We very much enjoy meeting new people from other countries, learning things about their culture and teaching them about ours. I am particularly into patchwork and quilting and offer sewing sessions. The children all play musical instruments. As a family, we also enjoy hill walking, ceilidh dancing, watching films and playing board games.

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Andrea Gerrity : Homestay teachers in Scotland

Location : Argyll – suburb of town
Accommodation : Double/twin bedroom
 Private bathroom
Family at home: Husband
Pets: Cat
Interests: Walking ,boating, guitar playing,learning the cello, gardening and reading.
General English,Exam prep.Business English

About me

I taught students from all over the world in New Zealand for fifteen years.  I have taught a range of courses including General English at all levels, Cambridge exam courses, IELTS and teacher training courses.  I love meeting people from different cultures and helping them improve their English.  I have stayed in touch with many ex students and since moving back home to the UK would love to welcome students into our home.  I am originally from Newcastle and my husband is Australian.  My husband and I live in a very beautiful part of Scotland, famous for its stunning scenery of lochs and mountains.  We live in Port Appin which has a small village shop, craft shop and two very nice hotels with restaurants and bars.  The area is very popular with tourists.  Our house is spacious and warm with a beautiful garden.  We are about twenty five minutes from Oban which has a train station, lots of shops and cafes and is the main gateway to the Highlands and Islands.  The nearest airport is Glasgow which is about two and a half hours away. My husband and I love walking and going out in our boat.  The loch is two minutes away.  We both enjoy music and I love pottering about in the garden and reading.

homestay teachers in Scotland

Annette Arthy: Homestay tutor in Scotland

Location : Edinburgh – just outside
Accommodation offered : Double room
Shared bathroom
Pets: None
Family at home: Husband
Interests : Gardening, singing,natural history, walking in the hills, yoga, books, poetry
General English,Exam prep.Business English

About me

I obtained a CELTA in 1999 and worked in Japan for 2 years in private language schools, general English, exams (IELTS, FCE etc), children, and business and I also became an area supervisor in Ome district, organising English teachers in Japanese primary schools. I then taught for 2 years in Mozambique (VSO) where I was teaching trainee teachers both to learn AND teach English. After a break we returned to Scotland where, for the past 10 years, I have been working as a Primary school teacher (supply) and having Homestay students for English. Students are from all over the world and all ages,although the majority are adults, and courses include General English, exam preparation, business  .

We (my husband Pedro ,who is Cuban and a research scientist) and myself live in Ratho, a small village which is on the outskirts of Edinburgh ( 30 minutes to city centre) in an old cottage, though modern interior, and a large garden. Gardening is my passion and other interests include singing, natural history, walking in the hills (plenty of these around ), yoga  and books, poetry etc.. I have 2 daughters, grown-up with families and 3 grandchildren. One daughter (Lucy) lives in Angus and , together with her husband – a well-known chef – have a vibrant banqueting and events company and my other daughter -Jenny , , has an English school in Edinburgh.

Ratho has a canal – good for kayaking, bargeing etc and also EICA – the biggest indoor climbing arena  in  Europe, nearby there are 2 country parks, lots of golf courses and, being Scotland, many historical sites – Roslyn Chapel – from the DA Vinci book and film – is 25 minutes away, and countless other places of interest-  I often take students into Fife , Stirling and Glasgow as well as Edinburgh.

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George Brisbane : Homestay tutor in Scotland

Location : Glasgow – just outside
Accommodation offered : Double room / Twin room
  Private bathroom
Family at home: Wife and son 17 yrs daughter 15 yrs
Interests : Cycling, trekking ,travel, cinema , cooking ,football ,geography ,photography
General English,Exam prep.Business English

About me

I started teaching English when I moved to Italy in 2006 with a basic TEFL qualification and worked as a translator too as I am fluent in Italian.  In Italy, I taught school children, business English and even the Italian military, mainly in private or semi-private lessons.

I then returned to my home town of Glasgow and decided that I loved teaching so much that I wanted to pursue a career in it.  I gained a CELTA in 2010 at the University of Glasgow and began to work at a language school in Glasgow and the University of Glasgow Language Centre.  At  the University of Glasgow, I taught English for Academic purposes, IELTS writing classes and I taught the spouses/partners of international students general English to help them settle into their new environment.

At the Language school, I taught every level from absolute beginner to proficient, general and exam classes.  The exams I gained experience in teaching were KET, PET, FCE, CAE, PTE and IELTS.  I was responsible for running the school’s social programme and have taken students all over Scotland over the last 7 years. While still working at the school in 2014 I successfully sat and passed my Trinity Dip TESOL qualification.  It was hard work while doing a full time job, but it was worth it.

I live with my Italian wife Licia, who now runs a holiday flat in the city Centre of Glasgow, so we have a lot of experience in hosting, my son Ryan who is 17 years old and about to start at University, my daughter Meghan 15 who is still at high school and our per dog Dexter who is small, cute and friendly.

We love cooking Italian food, cycling and going for treks.  Glasgow offers some of the the best UK shopping outside of London, more parks than any other European city and lots of free museums and was recently awarded the world’s friendliest city by Rough Guide.  We take students to Loch Lomond, the Ayrshire coast, the Highlands, Edinburgh and all over Glasgow

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Lydia Parish : Homestay tutor in Scotland

Location : Crieff – Perthshire
Accommodation offered : Double room / Twin room
  Shared bathroom
Pets: Cat
Family at home:  Daughters 12 yrs & 15 yrs
Interests :Walking, countryside, photography, films and theatre, learning languages, cooking. Children are musical and theatre enthusiasts, outdoor pursuits.
General English,Exam prep.Business English, Legal English

About me

We are a family of a mother and two daughters, aged 15 and 12.  We are originally from England, and speak standard English.

We live in a bright and comfortable 4 bed modern house in Crieff, with a dedicated study/teaching room for our students.  We have one double and one twin room for students.

Crieff is a traditional Scottish town set in the midst of hills in beautiful Perthshire in central Scotland. Many sporting and cultural activities are available in the town and nearby.  We are near to the larger historic towns of Stirling and Perth, and both Edinburgh and Glasgow are within day trip distance.

I am a qualified and experienced teacher of English as a foreign language – I have taught in language schools in England, and on a one-to-one basis in China and Taiwan.

I studied Chinese at Oxford University, and later studied law and qualified as a solicitor in England, where I practised employment law for many years.

I have a recent clear DBS check (UK check for those working with children).

I enjoy cooking, both British and international, walking in the beautiful local countryside, photography, theatre and cinema.

My older daughter is at boarding school on a music scholarship, and at home in the holidays. She plays violin, piano and trombone, and sings.  She loves acting, musical theatre and reading.

My younger daughter attends a local school.  She plays the cornet (trumpet) and enjoys outdoor pursuits, musical theatre and cooking.

We have a very friendly cat.

We can pick you up from either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, or from Dunblane railway station, which is on a direct line from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Kathryn Jenkins : Homestay tutor in Wales

Location : Cardiff – suburb
Accommodation  : Double room / single room
 Shared bathroom/ Private bathroom
Family at home: Husband
Interests : Travelling, volunteering, reading, the cinema and sport.
General English, Legal English, Exam prep. Business English

About me

I live with my husband, Huw, in the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff. We have a 4 bedroomed  terraced house in a tree-lined street in Roath, close to Roath Park and Lake. The city centre is a 20-30 minute walk away or a short bus ride. Cardiff has many attractions including its historic Castle in the city centre together with sporting venues including the Millennium Stadium as well as a superb shopping centre and numerous bars and restaurants. Cardiff Bay, is easily accessible by train or bus.

For more information about Wales please see: http://www.visitwales.com/

Before becoming a full-time English teacher, I was a solicitor for 17 years, specialising in  personal injury and clinical negligence. During my legal career I took an 8 month sabbatical to teach English on a voluntary basis in Tanzania. I enjoyed my experience so much that I continued to return to Tanzania annually for 12 years during holidays and sabbaticals. I have now been teaching English on a full-time basis for the past 6 years. Although I specialise in teaching English on a one to one basis, I have continued to volunteer abroad and have taught business English in Madagascar and general English in Cambodia and Guatemala.

I thoroughly enjoy welcoming students and guests to my home and introducing them to Welsh culture. I carry out an assessment and agree a study plan with every student at the beginning of each course to ensure students benefit as much as possible from their stay. My lessons are well planned and diverse.

We can accommodate up to 5 students in a double, en-suite room, twin room and single bedroom.  I am vegetarian and enjoy cooking meals that students may not have experienced before. I am also happy to cook non-vegetarian dishes  on occasion.

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Ruth and Erin : Culture and Conversation in Wales

Location : Llanelli – seaside
Accommodation  : Double room / single room
 Shared bathroom
Family at home: Partner
Interests : Walking, socialising, cooking, surfing, sailing. kayaking, gardening, history, culture. theatre, music                          Culture and conversation

About me


I have worked within the Social Care sector for over 25 years mostly as a Senior Manager, but currently enjoying the some well earned rest and relaxation. I enjoy meeting new people, sharing stories, and getting other people’s perspective on their country, culture and life. I am a vegetarian, I love to cook, read, walk, talk,garden, shop, roam around antique shops, travel, camp, castles or ruins of any kind and walking the dogs with my partner Erin

Erin Tyler

I am a civil servant currently enjoying a well earned career break. I love all water sports in fact I’m more at home on the water than on land. I like to sail, kayak, row, surf and paddle board . I am vegetarian , love to cook, socialise, walk the dogs with my partner Ruth. I have a degree in History and I particularly love architecture.

Our students' experiences



It was great having one on one lessons with Kate my tutor. This way she could adapt to my level which is not possible when you go to a camp. The activities were great and gave you the opportunity to talk and practice a lot. So all in all my stay was great.

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I had a lovely time in Brighton and Marie is a lovely person and the best teacher for me. The lessons were very interesting helpful and funny. The visits were fabulous. A million thanks for all.

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JULY 2017

My homestay was good and if it was to do it again I would do it again.I had a lot of fun and my English has improved.

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Tel: +44 (0) 7521 921 090 or +44 (0) 1424 275895
E:mail info@homestayenglish.uk.com

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