Adult Student Pack: English Courses

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Before your course


As a condition of enrolment, all students must take out suitable travel insurance, to provide coverage throughout their course.

We can arrange specialist travel and course cancellation insurance on your behalf, if you wish. See for more details.


If you have arranged a transfer on arrival, we will arrange for your host tutor, a member of his / her family, or a taxi to meet you.

  • The driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding a sign saying InTuition Languages and your name.
  • For your security, please check that (s)he has your name and accommodation address details.
  • If you do not see your driver as you exit, please go to the Information Desk and wait.
  • Listen carefully for any announcement calling your name.
  • You can contact your driver using the number supplied in your transfer confirmation documents.
  • If your driver does not arrive within 15 minutes, please contact them using the phone number provided in your transfer confirmation documents.
  • If you are unable to reach your driver, call the InTuition Languages emergency number: +44 207 033 2390.
  • Do not take another taxi as we will be unable to refund the cost.

     If your travel arrangements change at the last minute (for example if you miss your flight or train), please contact us on +44 207 033 2390.

    Pre-arrival checklist 

    • Verify your identity using the link(s) provided in your Confirmation Documents (if applicable).
    • Contact your tutor to introduce yourself and arrange a convenient time for your Meet Your Tutor session.
    • Complete the Pre-Course Planner and the Dynamic Placement Test at least one week before your course starts. See your Confirmation Documents for more details.
    • Complete the Travel Details form to ensure your tutor knows when you will be arriving.

    Remember to bring:

    • Your Confirmation Documents.
    • EHIC card (if applicable)
    • Plug adapter for electronic devices
    • Clothing suitable for the season
    • Spending money (we recommend approximately £120 / €160 / $230 per week to cover the cost of excursions, shopping and socialising)
    • Your teacher will have materials and resources to teach you. You might like to bring a dictionary and a notepad for homework. Please bring your laptop/ tablet or iPad if you wish to access the internet.

    Pre-Course Planner 

    You can access your pre-course planner using the link provided in your Confirmation Documents or by visiting Please provide as much information as possible, to help your host tutor begin planning your course.

    During your course

    What’s included on your InTuition Languages course

    • Your course fee includes all your meals, tuition and your host tutor’s time for two accompanied activities per week.
    • Your course fee does not cover the cost of excursions, where applicable. Your host tutor will suggest potential excursions, including both those free of charge and those with a fee. If you would like your host tutor (or another family member) to accompany you on an excursion with a fee, you are expected to pay all expenses for both yourself and them. The cost of excursions varies by location – please see your host tutor’s profile for more detailed information. 

    What to expect after you arrive

    • Before you arrive, your host tutor will have prepared an outline plan of study based on the information you provide in your Pre-Course Planner and your Meet Your Tutor session and the result of your Dynamic Placement Test. During your first lesson, they will discuss this plan with you and make any adjustments according to your requirements. they will also discuss the weekly lesson schedule with you.
    • Your host tutor and family are looking forward to your visit. They will want you to feel at home from the moment you arrive and will treat you as a member of the family. When you arrive, your host tutor will discuss the family’s daily routine and ‘house rules’ with you. You are expected to follow the customs and schedule of your host family – they will let you know about mealtimes, weekly commitments and expectations of behaviour while you are staying in their home.
    • Remember to speak only in English all the time, so that you are totally immersed in the language and culture. This way you will improve much faster.
    • It is your responsibility to keep your own bedroom and communal living spaces clean and tidy. Host families will provide a laundry service once a week.
    • All host families provide Wi-Fi internet for students’ use.
    • Some families will provide a house key, but this depends on each family’s house rules.
    • If there is anything you don’t understand or something you need, ask your host family. They will be very happy to help and want you to be comfortable at all times. We are always available to help with any questions, too.


    Learning Tips

    Storing vocabulary

    When you note down new vocabulary, you may be used to the system of writing the translation in your language, e.g.

    kitchen - cocina                

    to look at – regarder      

    to live - wohnen

    This may be adequate for simple words, but with more complex expressions you need extra information which will help you to learn more effectively. In addition, by translating into your own language you are stopping yourself from thinking in English. Here is a suggestion for a more useful way of storing new words:




    Similar word /

    My language

    put up with s.o / sth (vb)

    I don’t know how you put up with her rude behaviour


    drowsy (adj.)

    The room was so hot that I started to feel quite drowsy


    wealth (n)

    1. He is a man of great wealth

    2. There is a wealth of  possibilities

    rich (adj.)

    Û poverty

    many, a large number

    • When you write down new words, make a note of the parts of speech - is it a noun (n), an adjective (adj.), a verb (vb.), etc.?
    • You will need to know how to pronounce the word correctly, so write down the sound, either using your own system or the phonemic spelling. You can find a copy of the phonemic chart in this organiser.
    • Always try to put new vocabulary into a sentence, as this helps you to remember the word / expression more easily.
    • Make a note of the meaning of the new word. You can do this in many ways. For example, you could write a similar word (synonym), or the opposite meaning (antonym). If you want, you could also write the equivalent in your language - but be careful, as some words may look similar in your language but have a different meaning in English.

    Useful Expressions

    Write down any new expressions and idioms which you learn during your stay.  Test yourself everyday and by the end of the course you will have built up a useful list.

    Important Mistakes

    Not all the mistakes you make are important. The most important ones are:

    • if someone is going to misunderstand you
    • if you give the wrong impression, for example by sounding rude
    • your typical mistakes: things you repeatedly get wrong

    Learner diary: Impressions day-by-day

    A learning diary helps you to assess what you have learnt on a course. The following questions may help you write your learning diary:

    • What did I learn?
    • What did I find difficult about learning English?
    • Which lesson did I prefer or find most / least interesting?
    • What did I not understand?

    Reference Charts

    Phonemic Chart

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    Student Code of Conduct

    To ensure that your course passes in the most enjoyable and productive way, we ask that you respect our Code of Conduct throughout your stay.

    • Take responsibility for your learning, motivation, security and safety
    • Show respect for your host tutor and their professional opinions
    • Recognise and keep to the house rules your host tutor sets
    • Appreciate the culture of the country you are staying in
    • Stick to agreed timings for lessons and excursions – don’t be late. Missed lessons will not be made up.
    • Complete any homework that your host tutor may set for you
    • Speak to your host tutor or our head office team if you are in any way uncomfortable or unhappy
    • Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. Any behaviour which is considered discriminatory on any grounds can result in your course being terminated and you being asked to return home.

    Repeated breaches of any part of the Code of Conduct may result in students being asked to leave their course and return home early.

    If you have a problem… 

    • A member of our team will telephone you at your host family’s home during the first few days of your course. Your host tutor will leave you in privacy, so that you can discuss any concerns or issues you may have with us directly.
    • If you are unhappy about anything, please discuss it first with your host tutor - they will be very sympathetic. If this is difficult, please call our office or our 24-hour emergency number (+44 207 033 2390). We are here to help.
    • If an issue can’t be solved, we are able to move you to a new Host Tutor, quickly and discreetly. During your course, you are welcome to discuss any issues with InTuition Languages directly. Unfortunately, we cannot process complaints after a course has finished, if the problem was not mentioned to us during the course itself. See our Complaints Procedure at for more information.
    • Alexa Randell is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you are uncomfortable about something which has happened (been said or done) during your course, she is trained to deal with matters quickly, efficiently and discreetly. Call her on +44 7546 309501 at any time or email

    Useful information

    We aim to provide a first-class service to all of our students. Please feel free to call us should you need any information or guidance that your host tutor cannot assist you with.

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    Emergency Services

    999 / 112

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    International Operator







    Travel in the UK, Ireland & Malta

    Rail: The UK has a complicated system of different rail companies and ticket prices vary widely, depending on the type of ticket and whether it is booked in advance or not. is a good resource for buying tickets for all different companies. is useful for planning journeys and checking timetables. Most stations have ticket offices where the staff will be able to guide you towards buying the best ticket for your needs. In Ireland, train information and booking guidance can be found at Information about public transport in Dublin is available at There is no train service in Malta.

    Coach and bus: In the UK, there are coaches to all major towns and cities. These are generally good value. The main coach company is National Express: Very cheap fares are available from Megabus: In Ireland, provides services from Dublin airport to all major destinations. Public buses in Malta are operated by Malta Public Transport

    London:  London has an excellent integrated travel system – all trains, buses, riverboats, trams and the Overground and Underground networks use the same ticketing system. The cheapest way to travel is by purchasing a pre-paid Oyster Card. Full information is available at


    Visitors to the UK, Ireland and Malta do not require an International Driving Permit for visits shorter than 12 months long. All three countries drive on the left.

    Renting a car is possible from most international airports and large stations (in the UK). Further information can be found here. Cheap rental deals can be found on several websites including

    Travel in the USA & Canada

    Public transport: Information about public transport within major cities can be found using the following websites:

    For travel between cities, a limited service is offered by Amtrak ( and Via Rail ( Greyhound ( offers cheap, regular coach services between all cities in the US and Canada.

    Air travel is expensive by European standards, but regular services exist between all major cities. Southwestern ( is among the cheaper carriers. Other large airlines are American (, United ( and Delta (


    Most states in the USA do not require an International Driver’s Permit, but some do. Check the relevant state’s information to see specific requirements:

    In Canada, requirements also vary by province / territory, but an IDP is not generally required.

    You will usually not be able to hire a car if you are under the age of 21.

    Alcohol and Tobacco 

    The minimum age for purchasing alcohol in shops, pubs and restaurants is 18 in the UK and Ireland, 17 in Malta, 19 in Canada and 21 in the USA.

    The minimum age for purchasing tobacco is 18 in the UK, Ireland and Malta. All these countries prohibit smoking indoors in all public places, including pubs, bars and restaurants.

    Police and Legal Matters

    In the unlikely event that you are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, you have the right to be supplied with information in your own language, to tell someone where you are, and free legal advice. In the UK, see for more information. In Ireland, see



    Visitors from the EEA / Switzerland who require emergency treatment during their stay are covered by the EHIC scheme.

    Non-EEA visitors who become ill while in the UK are only eligible for free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals. If you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, even from an Accident and Emergency department, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be required to pay.

    Ireland and Malta

    Visitors from the EEA / Switzerland / UK who require emergency treatment during their stay are covered by the EHIC scheme.

    Visitors from other countries are not entitled to any free healthcare in Ireland or Malta.

    USA and Canada

    Visitors to the USA and Canada are not entitled to any free healthcare.


    The standard electrical voltage in the UK, Ireland and Malta is 240v A/C, 50Hz. A type G plug adaptor is required.

    The standard electrical voltage in the USA and Canada is 120v A/C, 60Hz. A type A/B plug adaptor is required.

    After your course


    If you have arranged a transfer on departure, either your host tutor will drive you to the airport / station or we will arrange for a taxi to collect you from your host tutor’s home.

    Your feedback

    We welcome your opinions! During your course, we will email you a feedback form to complete once your course has finished. Please take a few minutes of your time to share your experiences and feedback with us.

    End of Course Report and Certificate

    During the week after you finish your course, we will email you an End of Course Report from your host tutor. The report provides you with a summary of what you studied, how much you progressed, and what you can do to keep improving your English in the future.

    We also email you a secure e-certificate which you can print or add to social media.

    Continuing your Studies

    All students can continue studying with an InTuition tutor after returning home with our online learning programme, InTuition Online Programme (IOP). As a home tuition student, you receive a 10% discount if you choose to continue your lessons online. Use the code provided in your Confirmation Letter to apply your discount.

    We are happy to provide advice on continuing your studies in the UK or other countries, should you decide that you would like to return for a further English language course or university studies. Please contact the Director at with any queries.

    We recommend the following websites to help you keep practising and developing your English:

    Good quality English – vocabulary, grammar, excellent synonym use and clear, concise writing style.

    Interesting radio broadcasts / podcasts from around the world.

    A range of lessons aimed at developing skills, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

    Fantastic variety of poems from different poets and genres. Excellent for learning rhythm and stress.

    TED Talks: watch with or without subtitles. The presentations are very clear, and there is great vocabulary in each one.


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