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“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.

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