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    Full-immersion language courses

    Live & study in your private teacher's home. 20 languages in over in over 30 countries worldwide. All ages, all levels

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    One-to-one language lessons

    Individual lessons are completely personalised to focus on exactly what you need - you won't believe your progress!

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    Sports, Culture & Leisure programmes

    Combine language lessons with activities such as Sport, Culture, Leisure and choose from wide range of additional options

Study abroad with a language immersion program in your teacher's home

Home Language International (HLI) offers full-immersion homestay language programmes in 20 languages & over 30 countries worldwide. You live & study in your private teacher's home, have one-to-one language lessons, 3 meals a day with the family and continue to use the language during the rest of your stay as you share the daily life of the family.
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What language immersion courses we offer

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Classic Programme

You stay in your teacher's home with your own bedroom, have 3 meals a day and choose from 10 to 30 hours of one-to-one lessons per week

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Activity programmes

Improve your language skills while having fun by choosing activities (Sport, Culture, Leisure and many more) in addition to your language lessons!

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Choose from a wide range of options including private bathroom, transfers, closer supervision for minors, business & specialised vocabulary, exam preparation and more

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Qualified teachers

All of our language teachers have a university degree (or equivalent) and/or a recognised teaching certificate

Who is it for?

We have clients of all ages, levels and abilities. From school children and students who want to quickly improve grades, professionals who need the fastest route to fluency for work, to those who are simply looking for a holiday with a difference!

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Why one-to-one?

  • Fast progress

    Going on a homestay with one-to-one lessons is the fastest way to learn English or any other language we offer. You are the only student and you cannot speak any other language than the one you are learning, this is not only the natural way to learn a language but also the most efficient.

    You will have a test on arrival and following the results your private teacher will create a study programme designed for your individual language learning needs. At the end of the course you will be given a departure test to see the progress made. The lessons will include reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and pronunciation with an emphasis on what is important to you. Your teacher is there to help you achieve your goals whatever these may be.

  • Full-immersion

    On a full-immersion programme you're learning not only during lessons but also by practising the language during meals, activities or during the daily family life. One big advantage of this language programme is that you live in the home of your teacher, so that learning doesn't stop at the end of the lesson.

    We encourage you to spend time with your host family as learning a language also means learning about a culture, they will always be happy to share their life and traditions with you. Activities are also a good way to compliment your lessons as you have the opportunity to live the language and use it in real life situations.

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    Another advantage of a one-to-one homestay is that you can choose your dates (from Sunday to Sunday) any time of the year and for the duration you want (minimum one week).

    You also choose the number of hours of tuition as well as the number and the type of activities whether these are visits to places of interest or practising your favourite sport or hobby. We welcome students of all ages (from 5 to 95!) and levels (from complete beginners to advanced). Home Language International offers language programmes all year round and are specialised in offering tailor-made courses. We believe every student is different and programmes need to be designed to reflect this.

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What they're saying about HLI

  • "I learned so many things not only English but culture and different points of view."

    MR, Japan
  • "Everybody was really nice to me and I'm really sad to leave."

    RS, Spain
  • "We would like to thank you for everything you did for our daughter. She enjoyed every minute she had with your family."

    NP, France
  • "A very big thank to you for the always impeccable organisation."

    BZ, Switzerland
  • "She adapted her lessons to my needs. I think my speaking has really improved as well as my understanding."

    CV, Belgium
  • "We'd like to recommend this family to everyone interested in learning the English language and HLI as a school."

    JR, Germany
  • "His English has improved and he forgets sometimes that he is in Russia already and starts speaking English."

    VE, Russia
  • "I just wanted to say I had a fantastic holiday. The family were very kind to me and my teacher was first rate."

    JM, England
  • "My teacher is really friendly and makes me feel welcome. I feel right at home here."

    GR, France
  • "My teacher focused on what I needed: pronunciation, reading, talking, structures, idioms and American culture."

    RL, France

A message from Ian

Ian Josephs

Hello Everybody!!

If you want to learn English or any other language we have exactly what you need! Total Immersion!

For students of all ages & levels!

Live and study English or other languages in your host tutor's home and you never speak your own language. At Home Language International, you learn the language of your choice in the country of your choice. You can Learn English yes, but we also offer 20 other languages + 30 destinations! Our one-to-one language programme in a homestay with your host tutor means that you are completely isolated from hearing your own language spoken! Your children under 12 are safe with our Cocooning system which means they are never left alone. All ages are welcome and the over 60s have a special discount for their homestays and their courses.

You need never speak your own language!

I am Ian Josephs and I invented the idea of English language immersion courses one-to-one in the home of a host tutor in 1979. We began by offering English language courses but soon offered immersion homestay courses in 30 other countries so that with 40 years' experience, and welcoming more than 50,000 students you can be sure that we at Home Language International have the necessary experience needed to devise a course to suit your personal needs taking careful account of your age, your business or scholastic requirements, and your present level of English or any other language that you choose.

Learn the language of your choice in the country of your choice

Our local organisers match you with a host tutor's family to suit your needs (with or without children, special diets etc.) and are always on hand to make sure you are happy with your immersion course and that you benefit from extra activities such as cultural excursions or sporting activities such as golf, tennis or riding if you book them.

I am "the director and founder" of HLI and unlike many in my position you can contact me direct at ian@monaco.com I will be delighted to hear from you!

All the best,


HLI philosophy: Life's too short....be nice!



Why ASIC? HLI chose ASIC because it is the largest and only truly INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION BODY enabling students to obtain visas for UK and other countries. Amongst others, ASIC is recognised by UKVI in the UK, is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group in the USA, and are members of the British Quality Foundation. For more information about ASIC's Affiliations & Credentials, please click here. HLI has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC have accredited and are currently accrediting institutions in: Australia, Botswana, Cambodia, Denmark, France, Iran, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Vietnam.

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