TEACH AND HOST

With InTuition Languages

Join our successful team of homestay English teachers

Welcome to InTuition Languages, an affiliate of International House, the leading teacher training organisation in ELT. We are a network of experienced freelance English language teachers specialising in “English in a Teacher’s Home” courses in the UK and Ireland.

Key benefits of being a host tutor

Our formula is simple: If you’re happy when working with us then the student is going to be happy too!

  • FLEXIBILITY

    Choose when you want to accept a student.

  • INCOME

    Earn a well-paid income for providing personal tuition and offering full board accommodation.

  • CONVENIENCE

    Work in the most convenient environment: your own home.

  • YOU’RE IN CHARGE

    Work on a freelance basis: no obligation.

What's required to be a Host Tutor?

Our formula is simple: If you’re happy when working with us then the student is going to be happy too!

We believe there are four basic ingredients which make a successful Host Tutor:


An enthusiasm for teaching English
A professional qualification in teaching
An empathetic personality
A comfortable and hospitable home
  • Matching the right student for you

    We only propose one tutor to our students at a time, so you are not in competition with anyone else. We work as a team to bring you the students who suit your requirements.

  • Access the best materials

    We provide over 100 hours of one-to-one lesson materials for each level, from Elementary to Proficient. These cover all core skills areas. Our Director of Studies is always available to support you.

  • Simple, straightforward administration

    Our online Portal enables you to access resources, update your calendar, file your End of Course Report and review your student bookings, all in one place.

  • Online tutoring with InTuition Vis-a-Vis

    Continue to teach students online when they return home using our Vis-a-Vis platform.

  • Reward and remuneration

    Receive prompt payment via bank transfer for all your bookings. Feedback from all students is provided when received.

  • Develop as a teacher

    We hold regular online and live training sessions for our team of Host Tutors. We are proud members of International House, meaning our Host Tutors are part of a network of more than 4000 English tutors worldwide.

Working with InTuition Languages

About us


InTuition Languages is a network run by teachers, for teachers.  Established in 1990, we are a small, dedicated team based in London. We provide a full range of support and training for our homestay English teachers. We take time to get to know all our host tutors on a personal level so that we can provide them with the type of student that most suits them. Some of our host tutors have been with us since the beginning, coming and going through different stages of their working life. On our courses, a student from overseas stays in your family home and receives one-to- one or two-to- one English tuition and joins in family life for, on average, a two week course.

InTuition Languages was the first Homestay English company to be British Council accredited.

This means that the school complies with the high standards set by the UK’s main ELT regulatory body. We are also members of English UK. These bodies’ regular inspections ensure that our students are assured of the highest standards when taking an InTuition course.

InTuition Languages is also affiliated to International House World Organisation. A network of language schools, which for over 60 years, has been the market leader in teacher training and English language teaching.  Many of InTuition’s resources and teacher training have been developed by IH, and we are in constant communication with the network.

We recruit high calibre teachers and encourage Continued Professional Development through online workshops, seminars, bi-annual conferences and face-to- face meetings of teachers in London.  Whatever stage you are at in your teaching career, from newly qualified to highly experienced, we listen to your contributions and take pride in nurturing talent.  We genuinely value your input.

As an InTuition Host Tutor you become part of the family. Through our online Availability system, you choose when you work. We don’t prescribe a set coursebook or methodology at our school: you have the freedom to teach following whichever method suits you and your student’s needs and learning style.

We are always available should you need help or assistance on any matter – from student placements, to hosting, to teaching and access to resources. We also regularly visit all of our teachers – it’s the best way to get to know each other! We not only provide you with screened students, selected according to your preferences, but also a full range of course books which you can borrow through freepost return, a staff discount at a leading EFL bookshop, CPD opportunities, access to an extensive online resource bank, and support and advice from an experienced team.

What our Host Tutors have to say about us


  • The CPD provided this year has been excellent. Brenda’s webinars are informative and brilliantly focused on the needs of Homestay tutors. They are of higher quality than the majority of Cambridge and British Council online training – Gill, Brighton
  • All the students we have had have been of the highest calibre! – Shanthini, Liverpool
  • I am very satisfied and happy with the staff and it’s always a pleasure to communicate with them. InTuition is a very professional company and it shows in every student I have. All students are satisfied with the service and as a result, it makes my life really easy and pleasant. – Annette, Malta
  • It has been a pleasure to work with the students supplied by InTuition. Staff have always been friendly and helpful. – Richard, Eastbourne
  • The support is excellent. – Jonathan, Bristol
  • I have found all my students polite and most grateful for anything we have done for them here. I have always found all the staff at InTuition most courteous and helpful in any matter arising. Mary, Dublin


What to do next?

If you feel that home tuition may suit your lifestyle and situation, please complete our online application form or call 020 7739 4411 during office hours. If we think we will be able to offer you work, we will come and visit you in your home so we can get to know each other and discuss your preferences and availability, and then place you on our register. If you would like a copy of our latest fees please contact us. Thank you for your time and consideration and we look forward to hearing from you.

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FAQs


Home language tuition is a form of study programme where tutors combine hosting a foreign student with teaching them in their own home. We believe that the success of our programmes lies in our host teachers and in our ability to select the right student for them – matching a student’s requirements with a teacher’s. InTuition Languages was established in 1990 to provide top-quality one-to-one tuition in the home of an English teacher. We are accredited by the British Council for our English Language host tutors across the UK, and have developed networks across Ireland, Malta, the USA, Canada and Australia. We are also proud to provide home tuition in other European countries: French in France, Spanish in Spain, Italian in Italy and German in Germany. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service to each and every one of our clients.
InTuition Languages meet the needs of an increasing number of teachers who require flexibility, allowing them to work from home, when they want to. Whether EFL teachers already working as freelancers, or a qualified modern languages teacher free in the holidays, our hosts enjoy the same high levels of support and guidance from our experienced Directors of Studies and bookings team.

It sounds intensive – and it can be – but it is also enjoyable and rewarding for both the student and the host tutor. It also pays well. The average length of course is one to four weeks and the standard format is for 15, 20, 25 or 30 hour lessons per week plus full-board accommodation for the student. The student benefits from receiving quality one-to-one tuition and also being assured of an educated host family, open to foreign visitors and offering a comfortable and hospitable environment.
We are an equal opportunity employer: we welcome people from all background and recognise that InTuition’s success lies in our ability to create an inclusive environment where everyone can realise their potential. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all our homestay teachers to share this commitment.
If you feel that home language tuition suits your lifestyle and would like to join our team, then please complete our on-line application form or call 020 7739 4411 during office hours.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Most of our students are adults, although occasionally we are asked to place younger students. All nationalities can be represented, the majority coming from European countries and Japan. Nearly all have at least a basic knowledge of English before they arrive, and expect to improve their skills with a full immersion experience. It is important that the host family not only help the student with these skills, but also help them adjust to what might be a very foreign culture. The best tutors help students find their way around, meet other people and get a taste of what life is really like in the area they have chosen. Courses typically last between 1 and 4 weeks. The majority of our students take courses in the spring and summer months.
Many of our host tutors like the flexibility of working from home on a freelance basis and welcome the extra income that having students for 10 or 12 weeks a year can provide. A number teach in schools in term-time and are free during holiday periods. Others, often with valuable business English teaching experience gained from working in commerce or the professions, have retired early and enjoy the new direction that our courses offer.
Working with InTuition Languages enables teachers to work on a freelance basis but still receive professional support.
Teaching Business English and English for Exams, such as the IELTS, Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE), are both popular options.

This will depend on where you live and how flexible you are on accepting different types of students throughout the year.

Our busiest period is July and August. We like to reward host teachers who work with us over this period with priority o for out of season bookings.

Our most popular locations are: London; Oxford; Cambridge; Brighton as well as Manchester and Edinburgh. We do work hard to break these requests for “traditional” locations as we believe there are some fantastic places to stay which are off the beaten EFL track.

When InTuition accepts students under 18, prospective tutors will be informed in writing that:
• references will be followed up
• all gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily
• proof of identity and qualifications will be required
• reference requests will ask specifically whether there is any reason that they should not be employed in situations where they have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18
• appropriate Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance will be required prior to confirmation of appointment.
Most of our students are highly motivated and appreciate that the main reason for their visit is to learn English. However, they also appreciate the chance to enjoy themselves. The success of the course depends on your ability to devote time to the student and to engage them in conversation. To this end, we match the interests and hobbies of the student and teacher / family very carefully so as to make conversation easier and the stay as enjoyable as possible for both sides. The intensity of the course and the importance of conversation to the student indicates total teacher commitment. Even though our bookings with you may be periodic, we cannot book students with you if you are going to be working full- or part-time while the student is with you.
In addition to receiving individual tuition, students want to join in your everyday life and experiences, so it is vital that you are willing to include them in your activities – however mundane they may seem to you! You will likely also want to take them to local places of interest (students are expected to pay for all entrance fees, etc, themselves, but are not expected to share petrol costs when you take them somewhere by car). Many students specify that they want to pursue a particular sport during their course. We always do our best to take your own interests and hobbies into consideration when placing a student with you so that you can enjoy your leisure activities together.
InTuition Languages are committing to running a programme of CPD courses for our teachers throughout the year.
We currently offer our homestay English teachers free online teacher training sessions, in addition to the two International House World Organisation Online Teacher Conferences each year (May and November).
Topics of on line teacher training courses
• Dealing with Feedback
• Materials and Approaches
• Time Management
• Writing Skills
• Task Based Learning
• Teacher Talking Time
• Teaching Young Learners – Motivating teenagers
• Using Technology
• Learner Diaries
• Teaching Conditionals
• Pronunciation.
We also run a series of live CPD training sessions, organised by our Director of Studies and ADoS and featuring a guest trainer.
Teachers should speak English as a native speaker and, in addition to a first degree or equivalent, hold an accredited ELT qualification such as the Cambridge or Trinity College Certificate or Diploma. For the teaching of young learners a BEd or PGCE and experience in English language teaching to foreign students may be considered. A warm and friendly personality and the ability to communicate are equally important requirements for an InTuition teacher.
Two qualifications are truly internationally recognised as official, entry-level “TEFL” certificates:
1. The Cambridge CELTA – (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults)
2. The Trinity Cert TESOL – (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Both can be completed as full-time, 4-week intensive courses or on a part-time basis. Both follow a set syllabus designed to cover all aspects of ELT and are externally moderated and assessed.
Below are the list of International House schools offering first rate CELTA courses.

If you plan to work with IH InTuition then we can usually negotiate a 5% discount for you!

IH London
16 Stuckeley Street
London WC2B 5LQ
infott@ihlondon.co.uk

Spain
International House Barcelona
c/Trafalgar 14, Barcelona
08010

spanish@bcn.ihes.com

International House Madrid
Zurbano, 8, Madrid
28010, Spain

info@ihmadrid.com

Ireland

International House Galway
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway

info@ihgalway.ie
International House Dublin
The Steelworks,
Foley Street,
Dublin
info@ihdublin.com

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