About the Eurolingua Institute

The Eurolingua Institute was founded in 1993 by J Barry Haywood (MCIL). It is now the largest international organisation of its kind, providing unique opportunities for people aged 16 to 75+ years, from all walks of life, to learn or improve their target language in a country where their target language is spoken nationally e.g. "French in France, "Spanish in Spain", "Italian in Italy", "English in the United Kingdom" etc.

Eurolingua students and business clients come from many different countries worldwide to learn or improve their language skills in countries where the national language is Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

The Eurolingua Institute is based in the UK. It offers a wide range of language programmes specially designed for individual students, business clients, family groups, school groups and businesses throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

How Eurolingua Came To Be

It all began with an improbable English student of French who, after working more than 20 years as an International Management Consultant and after traveling extensively abroad, decided to thank the man who had made it all possible: his French teacher. Barry (photo) describes this encounter in his paper published in the Journal for the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Barry has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists since 1977:

The Eurolingua Institute's founder, Barry Haywood

"I wanted to spend more time in France and bring to others some of the pleasure I had felt in coming, albeit late, to the French language and culture. My old teacher (and lifetime friend) wondered if I had ever thought of putting my organisational skills to good use in arranging language programmes for people wanting and sometimes needing to learn French quickly, for social, educational or commercial needs. I decided to investigate the possibilities of arranging homestay study visits, combined with excursions, for individuals and groups of all ages and levels. I found a number of experienced tutors in Britain and France who would welcome students into their home and provide one-to-one language tuition. The Eurolingua Institute was launched!!

The Institute now has over 250 one-to-one homestay locations. We provide language programmes, for all levels and age groups, where the target language is spoken nationally throughout Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. There are also Easter and Summer group programmes and I am particularly proud of our Eurolingua French language teaching options overlooking the famous Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, South of France, which provide year-round group and individual French courses.

Students attending Eurolingua language programmes worldwide come from Europe (UK and EU), Scandinavia, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and South Africa, as well as from Australia and New Zealand. Students and business clients range from 16 to 75+ years old.

Reference: "The Linguist" (Vol 35 No 4 1996, ISN 0268 5965), the journal of the Institute of Linguists

Language Learning Method

The Eurolingua Institute has carefully developed the "Eurolingua Language Homestay Immersion" programme. A total immersion course available for: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

You will be totally immersed in your chosen language and culture from day one

- the best way to learn any foreign language!

You live in the private family home of your qualified and experienced Eurolingua "One-to-One Language Homestay Tutor" who provides structured individual tuition at the appropriate level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) - A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2 on the official European Scale, for usually 15, 20, or 25 hours per week on a pre-arranged and very flexible schedule - mornings, afternoons, early evenings, weekends etc. Usual duration 1 to 4 weeks (but can be extended to 12 weeks to include several national locations). In addition, as a member and guest of your host family, you are able to readily practice your conversational skills with family members, friends and neighbours 24/7.

Sharing family meals and activities is a great way to improve your accent and conversational skills.

Return home speaking like a native! Many of our Eurolingua Homestay Tutors can welcome and accommodate couples/partners!

One pre-planned activity/excursion per week is already included in your programme but your Eurolingua host tutor and/or other family members will, if you wish, invite and involve you as a friend in their various social and cultural activities.

A perfect linguistic, social and cultural experience!

In short, the "Eurolingua One-to-One Language Homestay Immersion" programme is a very memorable experience and an enjoyable way to rapidly become fluent in your target language. Our students and business clients return time after time to different locations or even to a different country to learn another language the Eurolingua way!!

In summary, there can be no doubt that Total Homestay Immersion

is the best way to rapidly learn any language for pleasure or business

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How to enrol?

To enrol, it's simple, just look around the website to find the programme that suits your needs best. You can search by language, by country/location, or by programme. A good starting point is: Start My Language Homestay Search

If you already know which language course you would like to take part in or would just like to review your options and receive a no-obligation offer, then just complete the online "Enrolment Enquiry Form"




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