Teacher’s family training: comfortable conditions and individual approach
English courses that are conducted at home by a teacher differ significantly from traditional language school programs, and for many clients this is one of the best options for studying abroad and improving their knowledge.
Homeschooling is provided by both individual teachers and organizations that collaborate with teachers who host students from around the world at home. Sometimes these services are additionally offered by standard language schools. For example, in Atlantic Language Galway, Ireland there is an opportunity to combine group lessons and private lessons at home with a teacher to achieve the best results in the process of studying abroad.
“Homeschooling is full compliance with the individual wishes of the student,” emphasizes Norman Renshaw, managing director of IH inTuition Languages. The company has a large base of teachers who are qualified specialists in various fields. “We have many professional courses, for example, for air traffic controllers or for engineers who need academic knowledge of English,” explains Renshaw. There are more standard programs: business English or international exams preparation courses. Elizabeth Johnson Organization also offers a wide range of programs: general and business courses, specialized classes, courses for children and much more. But at Eurolingua Institute is there are various versions of the programs, the duration, duration and content of which the student chooses directly.
The flexibility of “homeschooling” is also emphasized by Lorenzo Kappani from Accademia del Giglio, Italy, Florence. “The opportunity to independently choose the duration and time of the courses, of course, pleases students, but it is equally important to find an experienced teacher, work with which would be informative and interesting, – specifies Kappani. “In addition, it is necessary to select the appropriate educational materials so that studying abroad is most effective.”
Kappani also notes that students choose to study abroad at home from a teacher for two reasons: an insufficient amount of time they can devote to their studies, as well as a desire to immerse themselves in the language environment and way of life in the country. “They want to learn how to cook traditional dishes, meet the locals and talk to them in Italian,” explains Kappani.
When studying at home from a teacher, students, thanks to a friendly and homely atmosphere, have tremendous opportunities to put their knowledge into practice. “Pupils live fully in a new country, so language learning abroad takes place naturally and naturally. Intensive classes are held in a relaxing, friendly and homely environment. In addition, the study of language takes place constantly: at the dinner table, at shopping or during a walk with a teacher, ”Kappani argues. Thus, students receive not only an in-depth study of the English language, but also an introduction to the lifestyle, traditions and culture of the country of interest.
Calvin Flower of Homelingua UK also emphasizes that extracurricular education and the opportunity to get acquainted with the local culture is one of the important advantages of studying abroad in a teacher’s family. Many students prefer not standard lessons, but a tour in a foreign language or various entertainment events. Renshaw explains that the teacher can develop a program that will fully meet the interests and needs of students. For example, in IH inTuition Languages, one of the teachers combines standard lessons with a visit to the Tate Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery. “The students themselves plan their leisure time,” says Kappani. “But teachers can always help and advise where to spend the evening or where to go for the weekend.”
In some schools, recreational activities are organized more formally.
In International House Nice, France (one entertainment event per week is included in the price of the course. This is usually a trip to another city or a restaurant visit is a student’s choice. Churchill Home Tuition offers whole packages of programs, including both study abroad and active recreation. For example: English for children + local entertainment and excursions, English for adults + excursions, the venue of which can be chosen independently.
According to CEO Eurolingua Institute Barry Haywood, studying abroad at home with a teacher is suitable for all age categories. The main thing is the desire to achieve significant results in the shortest possible time. However, Flower notes that home schooling is most common among adults (24+) who do not want to attend standard lessons with teenagers and young people.
Family programs are equally popular, when both parents and their children come to study abroad. “Younger students enjoy comfort and safety when staying abroad with their parents, but familiarity with the local culture is also important for them,” says John Hall of the Ramsgate Churchill Home Tuition. On the other hand, parents can be calm and not worry about their children while studying abroad. Asaf Mulwhill, a client of Home Tuition Ireland, also notes the importance of family programs with an individual approach to students, an excellent entertainment program and full-fledged excursions. In addition, it is very profitable – studying abroad in a teacher’s family will cost about 40% less than standard individual lessons in a language school.
Another advantage is that teachers who host students at home, as a rule, have a rich life and professional experience, which they willingly share with their guests. Many in the past were businessmen, engineers, civil servants, so they can tell a little more than language school teachers working exclusively in the field of education.
Eurolingua Institute, whose schools are located in more than 40 countries around the world, says that studying abroad in a teacher’s family has become even more popular than standard group courses. And in Elizabeth Johnson Organization, they are particularly interested in this program among whole families.
In 2012, a lot of children and young people came to HTI to study abroad (the average age was 14 years), which combined general English with exam preparation. This year also came a lot of teenagers 11-12 years old, combining learning English and hobbies: horseback riding, tennis, handball or golf. In addition, the school has another 2 age categories: senior students (from 18 to 30 years old) who want to improve their language skills and business students (from 32 to 65 years old) who have clearer goals, such as learning English. the field of aviation.
In general, the popularity of “homeschooling”, in the first place, is explained by the advantages of individual lessons and the intensity of the program (study abroad usually lasts 1-2 weeks). The level of comfort in the teacher’s home is a minor factor, although, according to Renshaw, it is he who influences the increase in sales of programs of this type.
Along with heightened interest in homeschooling from a teacher by young people, preparation for international exams has become quite popular. Parents are no longer enough just to send their children to study English abroad, they want to see tangible results. High demand, according to Renshaw, can be explained by the fact that students do not have to take a verification test and have a high level of knowledge only in order to enter the preparatory course for Cambridge Exam English (CAE).
In ShurchillHouse note that in recent years the largest number of students come from Russia, Ukraine, France and Japan. Representatives from China and Vietnam are less interested in studying abroad at home with a teacher. However, this type of software is becoming increasingly popular in all countries of the world.
“At the heart of successful homeschooling of a teacher is a complex and multi-level selection of teachers,” says Kelvin Fowler of Homelingua. Only 5% of all those who wish can receive permission to admit students at home. ”
“When looking for a suitable program in the UK, make sure that the organization offering home study abroad is accredited by the British Council,” advises Fowler. – This accreditation officially confirms the fact that teachers have special qualifications for teaching English as a foreign language. The cost of accredited programs is about 10% higher, but this gives students and educational agencies a certain level of confidence in the quality of the services provided. ”
Andrew Pitcherd from Elizabeth Johnson Organization also notes that their programs are accredited by the British Council, as parents who send their children to study abroad want to be confident in the qualifications of teachers and the high level of housing provided. In Ireland, English-speaking programs are accredited by ASELS and, according to MichIgan, all courses at Atlantic Language Galway are accredited accordingly, because this is a matter of school business reputation.
Not all countries have official organizations that accredit educational programs in the teacher’s family. For example, in Italy there are no clear standards for homeschooling. However, there are internal standards and monitoring of the quality of services provided, which develop language schools on their own.
Barry Haywood from Eurolingua Institute also confirms that in many countries there is no formal accreditation of language programs, however, all teachers are professional and highly qualified. And, for example, in France, a prerequisite for conducting classes at home is documentary evidence of non-conviction. But the Eurolingua Institute brand is a definite quality mark.