Homestay English

Live with an English teacher and study English one-to-one

Nicholas from Linguetic

Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus):
In 2021, there will be no Linguetic environmental English summer school in Scotland. The next summer school will be in 2022.

In 2021, you can study English with me:

At my home in Ireland - read more below.
Online using Skype - read more.
In your town, subject to Covid - read more.



Learn English at my home

"Homestay English" is a popular way for adults to study English.

I teach English to individuals and small groups who stay at my home in rural Ireland. Note: It is very important to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.

• About me • Ireland and "Yeats Country"
• My teaching • My home
• Getting there • Enquiry form

About me:

I’m a native English speaker. I was born in England, and I was a lawyer in England for 20 years. Apart from teaching, I also do French-English translation and I'm studying environmental science.

I’m an experienced teacher of general English, business English, academic English and English for Specific Purposes..

I teach people from CEFR B1 (Intermediate) to CEFR C1 (Advanced).
A noter : Je parle également français, donc j'accepte les apprentis francophones dès le niveau CEFR A2 ; c'est-à-dire le niveau Pre-Intermediate.

I’m a lively person who enjoys meeting new people. I have a very wide range of interests, from archaeology to zoology. This makes it easy to have good conversations with people learning English. I’m especially interested in English literature, environment and ecology, sea sports (sailing and sea kayaking) and mountain sports (hiking and skiing).

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Ireland and "Yeats Country"

This part of Ireland, between the coast and the mountains, is known as “Yeats Country” because the poet and folklorist W.B. Yeats loved it. It's a quiet rural area with lots more sheep than people. There are mountains and beaches, buzzards and deer, seals and dolphins. A pine marten (Martes martes) visits the garden every night.

I'm 6 km from the Atlantic. The coast is the 'Wild Atlantic Way' with long, perfect beaches such as Streedagh, Trawalua and Mullaghmore, small sheltered bays such as Trawgar, heritage from the Spanish Armada, and the popular surf town of Bundoran. We’re opposite Slieve League, which has some of the tallest sea cliffs in Europe. The mountains are only ten minutes from the coast. The most famous are Ben Bulben and Benwiskin, and there are some fine places for hill walks, including the Gleniff Horseshoe, Lukes Bridge and the Gates of Glan.

Yeats Country is packed with rivers and lakes, history and prehistory, picturesque castles, ancient monasteries, megaliths, Neolithic tombs and small fishing ports such as Mullaghmore.

This area has the year-round attractions of walking, cycling and mountain-biking. Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and the season of the year, you can also go horse-riding on the beach with Island View riding stables, play golf, go surfing, and go fishing on lakes and the sea. And of course there's Irish music, good food, Guinness, Irish whiskey and the “craic”, which is the fun atmosphere of a good evening out.

My teaching:

I have mainly worked with adults at Intermediate level and above, especially executives from Hitachi, Renault, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, HSBC Bank, Banca Barclays Italia, Wincor Nixdorf, EDF, SIFA Aérien, SGN-Areva, In Extenso, EHL Lausanne, Deutscher Wetterdienst, Dow Wolff Cellulosics, Kerneos, Safran Turbomeca, General Electric and many other major companies.

I have also worked with independent learners preparing for IELTS, for the English literature element of the French prépa and baccalauréat, for the French agrégation teaching qualification, and for the American USMLE medical examination. And I have done two full-time summer schools with young learners aged 14-18.

See me teaching:
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1-minute snapshot:
4-minute mini-lesson:

I like to write my own teaching materials, and you will find some examples on my Linguetic website, but I also have sets of textbooks with audio for:
• General English (Face2Face and New Cutting Edge)
• Business English (In Company and Market Leader)
• IELTS (Step up to IELTS and Cambridge IELTS with Answers).

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My home:

I live in the quiet rural area of Ballintrillick in County Sligo, at the foot of Tieve Baun Mountain. The house is 6km from the Atlantic at Cliffony or Bunduff; it’s 7km from the small market town of Kinlough, 8km from the scenic lake of Lough Melvin (23km2, unique wildlife), 11km from the seaside resort of Bundoran, and 25km from the historic county town of Sligo (pop 20,000).

It’s a modern bungalow of 120m2. It has four bedrooms, two of which have en suite showers and toilets; a large entrance hall; a large kitchen-dining area with slate floor; a lounge with an open fire; and a bathroom with bath and separate shower. It has oil-fired central heating, uPVC double glazing, a washing machine, tumble dryer and large-screen TV with DVD player. There is a medium-sized garden, with a driveway for car parking.

The available bedrooms are:
• Bedroom 1. Double room (double bed), 4m x 3m plus en suite toilet and shower. This room faces south and has a view of the mountain.
• Bedroom 2. Double room (double bed), north facing, 4m x 3m plus en suite toilet and shower.
• Bedroom 3. Twin room (2 single beds), north facing, 4m x 3m.
• (There is also a single bed in the living room for overflow accommodation.)

Getting there:

The Republic of Ireland is not part of Great Britain or the United Kingdom. Ireland is a European Union state. Travel from the EU to Ireland is not affected by Brexit.

You're travelling to Ballintrillick (sometimes spelled "Ballaghnatrillick"), near Kinlough in the north of County Sligo.

Fly to Dublin International Airport (DUB). At the airport, take a Bus Eireann intercity coach to Sligo town, where I will meet you. There are six Bus Eireann number 23 services per day (five on Sundays and public holidays) and the journey takes 3.5 hours. (Or, if you prefer, there is the Bus Eireann number 30 service from Dublin International Airport to Ballyshannon, where I will meet you.)

Or rent a car at Dublin International Airport and drive to Ballintrillick (GPS coordinates: 54°24.977’N, 8°21.895W). This takes 3 hours.


Here's the Homestay Enquiry Form:

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