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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
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 – suburb
Accommodation offered : Double room / twin room
 Private bathroom
Family at home: Wife and son 17 & daughter 15
Interests :Cycling, trekking, travel, cinema, cooking, football, geography and photography.
General English,Exam prep.Business English

About me

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.

homestay teachers in Scotland and Wales

Linda Williams : Homestay tutor in Wales

Location : Mayals  – village near Swansea
Accommodation  : Double room with washbasin / Private living room
Shared bathroom
Family at home: Husband
Interests : reading, tennis, foreign languages, gardening, piano
General English

About me

I am a qualified TEFL teacher and enjoy learning and speaking other languages. I have an Advanced level qualification in French and enjoy speaking a little German. I enjoy meeting people and would extend a very generous and empathetic welcome to homestay students.

I am interested in teaching general English to mature adults through conversation and cultural trips and through structured lessons.

I live with my husband in a detached house which is situated at the gateway of the Gower peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a popular holiday destination. There are many walks along coastline paths leading down to beautiful sandy beaches. Swansea city centre is only a 10 minute drive from our home. There are many museums, theatres, cinemas and large shops in Swansea and it boasts the largest indoor food market in Wales. There is also a public Leisure Centre and library. Situated nearby is a large yachting marina encircled by flat walking paths. Very close to our home is the village of Mumbles, a lovely seaside village with colourful houses, restaurants and interesting shops. There is also a pier. Just below our home is Clyne Park which is renowned for its colourful shrubs and flowers. There are many beautiful and rare trees found here enhanced by a lovely meandering stream which runs down to the sea.

Cardiff, the Welsh capital is about a 45 minute drive by car. It has a large castle, numerous shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theatres. A tidal barrage was built in the Cardiff Bay marina and this area now has an abundance of top restaurants and the showcase Millennium Theatre. There are excursions on boats into the Bay. The nearest airport to us is Cardiff airport which operates many international flights. There is also a direct train service which runs from London Paddington to Swansea station.  The M4 motorway links London to South Wales.

homestay teachers in wales

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.

Our students' experiences


MAY 2017

Proficient teacher who works hard to make a difference and takes ample time to be of assistance and puts variation in her cooking




A very lovely stay in Hastings. Bill and Pauline were fully dedicated and very helpful. It was a very good experience that I would like to recommend to everyone who wants to learn English with native speakers. Thank you so much Bill and Pauline for your kind hospitality and your support.  



My weeks with Denise to prepare me for my CAE exam and boarding school have been a great experience to improve my English. I hope I can come back again Denise’s house is a lovely place to stay and Selsey has a wonderful beach.

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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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