What is homestay? Pt 1
All across the UK there are teachers teaching English from the comfort of their own kitchen table. Homestay teaching is normally 1:1 or 2:1 teaching. Students are keen to maximize their learning potential with classes ranging from 3 – 6 hours a day (anything more and both teacher and student will keel over) for a period ranging between a week and four, sometimes more.
The benefits for the student are obvious, but what about you, the teacher?
* Potentially you get to choose who you want to teach and for how long you want to teach them.
* Work fits around your life rather than the other way round.
* You get to travel the world, learning about different cultures and customs without spending a penny or having to spend hours crammed into narrow airplane seats with about enough leg-room for a two year old.
* The students who arrive on your doorstep open up a whole world of knowledge and interest to you. Teachers have described students teaching them how to cook a traditional dish, given presentations on places of interest in their countries or places around the world they have traveled to.
* You get to tailor the course around the individual’s needs and interests. You no longer have to juggle a mixed ability class with
mixed learning styles, needs, wants, objectives.
* The intense nature of the teaching means that both you and your student see results much faster, which can be incredibly motivating and rewarding for both parties.
* You get to be your own boss = freedom, autonomy, independence, etc.
Are there any drawbacks, I hear you ask? Honest answers, coming up in Part 2.