Tips FOR BECOMING AN ENGLISH IMMERSION HOST
“Check that the organisation you are signing up with adheres to European Standard EN 14804,” says Sally Cornan from Daily English. “This states that at least one parent must have a degree or teaching qualification. You should also check that it has been validated by the Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale et de la Protection des Populations, which ensures homes and families are suitable to receive the students. It is also important that the organisation has the right insurance in place, that someone from the organisation comes to visit you and that you have a proper contract.”
Plan your week before the students arrive. Immersion weeks can be tiring but it’s easier if you are organised – things like meal and activity plans can help the week run more smoothly.
Think about some house rules if you are hosting children – things like bedtimes and use of mobile phones are typical ones. Go over them with the students when they arrive and put them in a place where they can be seen, such as on the fridge door.
Talk to the parents and/or students about their expectations before they arrive. Some organisations expect the host family to pay for excursions, while with others it’s the student’s responsibility, so make sure this is clear for both sides.
Try to mix lessons with practical activities and interesting outings. Most students will learn the language more successfully when they are enjoying themselves!
Pictionary is a good game for building and expanding vocabulary on rainy days or evenings.
Speak English all the time. If the student doesn’t understand the first time, find a different way to say it.