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Acorn English Homestay was founded by professional English language teachers.



We only work with experienced English language specialists who are committed to one-to-one home tuition, enthusiastic about welcoming guests into their home, passionate about sharing the English language and culture. 


We take a personal interest in your studies, creating a unique course just for you, making sure you arrive safely and settle in, all the way through to your return home when we provide resources so you can keep studying English.


Find out more about our English Homestay teachers here.


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Helen Smith


Helen was a lecturer at the University of Brighton before retraining as an English language teacher. She taught many students in her own home as a homestay tutor before co-founding Acorn English Homestay in 2011.


She is responsible for our child protection policy and is the mother of two young boys. She loves cooking, making clothes and fitness.

Director of Studies

Liz Marqueiro


Liz is a highly qualified ESL professional who has been teaching for nearly 20 years. She has worked as an examiner for Cambridge ESOL and as a content writer for IELTS official Facebook page.


She has extensive experience writing and editing teaching materials, and coordinating examiners and teachers. She speaks fluent Portuguese.

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