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Acorn English Homestay: founded and run by professional English teachers.


We've taught many students in our own home and we know what makes a great homestay course. We bring our experience and understanding to everything we do.


We take a personal interest in your course, making time to really understand what you want. We create a unique course shaped around your study needs and we support you from your first enquiry through to your return home.


We work with a small team of very experienced English language specialists. We know all of them personally: we visit them, we observe them in action, we talk to them regularly, and we provide ongoing training and professional development to ensure academic excellence.


This very personal approach means we match students and teachers very carefully. We are passionate that homestay is the best way to learn English and we pull out all the stops to make sure your course is 100% successful.


Meet some of our teachers here .


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Living Learning English has recently acquired Brighton-based English language organisation, Acorn English Homestay.
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Raymond Kalt



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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