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English Courses

The “total immersion” experience of intensive lessons and daily conversation practice really is the quickest and most effective way to learn a language.

The courses you can study here at Homestay-on-Sea are:

  • General English
  • Business / Professional English
  • Conversation Classes
  • Exam Preparation

You are welcome to choose a combination of these courses if you wish. You can have as few as 10 or as many as 30 lessons each week.

Courses are normally one-to-one (1:1) but if you have a friend whose level of English and needs are similar to yours, you can choose our Two-to-One (2:1) or Small Group course where two or more students can share the lessons for a considerably reduced cost.


You will complete a placement test at the beginning of the course so that together we can identify your strengths and weaknesses.  I will then design and deliver a teaching programme to suit you.

At the end of your course I will offer you suggestions and recommendations for future study so you can continue learning when you get home.

General English Courses

Courses focus on:

  • Listening skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

Together we will identify your aims and objectives, and agree the best course for you.  Every student is given a personal programme which targets personal strengths and weaknesses, and every course is different.

I teach using a wide variety of course books, magazines, newspapers, tapes and CDs, as well as my own teaching material, which makes the courses both varied and interesting.


All courses include homework to reinforce learning achieved during lesson time.

Business English Courses

English is the international language of commerce, and in a global market there is an increasing demand for people in business to be proficient in the English language. My Business English courses are designed to maximise your ability to communicate in English, and to develop accuracy and confidence by putting you in the right context for the language you need.  Courses focus on:

  • Giving effective language for international meetings, negotiations and presentations
  • Teaching specialist vocabulary and business “jargon”
  • Enhancing telephone communication skills
  • Showing you how to write effective reports, emails and business letters
  • Equipping you with the social English you need to meet, entertain and socialise with colleagues and clients, i.e. “small talk”
  • Enabling you to talk with authority about  the organisation you work for, and your role within it
Many of my business clients combine both Business English and General English lessons to broaden the learning spectrum. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that the course will focus on your own particular requirements.


My business learners come from many different backgrounds, for example, finance, sales, marketing, marine engineering, petrochemical and nuclear power companies as well as other industrial concerns, education (including universities), airline training centres, and the diplomatic services.

Exam Preparation Courses

These intensive courses are designed for students needing revision and preparation for the following internationally recognized exams:

  FCE First Certificate in English
  CAE Cambridge Advanced English
  CPE Cambridge Proficiency English
  IELTS International English Language Testing System
  TOEIC Test of English in Communication
  TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

A short, intensive preparation course will help your confidence and your exam results.  Together we will identify your strengths and weaknesses and agree a teaching programme which suits your needs. Courses focus on the skills being tested in the exam.  


Learners develop good examination techniques during the course.  Typically, courses focus on listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar, and use past papers and mock examinations to give practice answering each section of the exam.

Conversation Classes

Practise your English with a native speaking English teacher - lively conversation is a great way to improve your fluency.  There is always something new to learn, whatever your level – new vocabulary or colloquial language, for example.  Conversation topics are endless – we can choose some from your own subject areas of interest, we can discuss the latest news topics that week, we can talk about whatever subjects keep you best engaged to make sure you get the best from your time here.


Young Learners Courses
(5-17 years)

We welcome learners of all ages, from children as young as 5 to teenagers and young adults.  Time spent with the family is a great opportunity for your child to experience British culture, to practise spoken English, and to use the language studied during lesson time.

As a family we are best placed to help children and young learners feel at home, and we encourage our young guests to join in with all our family activities.  Being parents, too, we understand the anxieties you have when your children travel on their own for the first time.  We take full parental responsibility for those children under the age of 16 years who come alone.  You are most welcome to keep in touch with your child by phone / Internet during the stay.  

At the beginning of the language course I will assess your child’s level of English and plan a suitable study programme.  For younger students learning is not only classroom based – I like to use a variety of activities such as cooking, music and art (see photo) to keep my little learners focused.  At the end of the course I send a report detailing the course content and your child’s achievements, and I make recommendations for future study after the course.


We also welcome families here – you can combine English lessons for some (or all) of you, together with a wonderful, relaxing holiday!

Both Bob and I have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) certified so you can be sure that your child is in a safe, secure and protective family home.

Tel: +44 1424 422 725
72 West Hill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, UK

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