About Home Language International (HLI)
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Who are we?

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We have a dedicated expert staff in our offices including the whole of the Josephs family (7 of us):
Back row (left to right): Alexia (Managing Director), Sophie (Accounts Director) with William, Ian Vincent (Internet Reservations Officer), Stephanie (Marketing Director), Danielle (Ian's wife) with Hugo
Front row (left to right): Lea, Ian (CEO), Emma (Marketing Executive) with Emily

Our Chief Executive and founder Ian Josephs M.A. (Hons) (Oxford) originated the idea of living in the teacher's home in 1979 and was the first to offer this service.

Home Language International (HLI)

is a family-run business offering full-immersion courses in 20 languages in over 30 countries worldwide. Thousands of students worldwide take advantage of our services every year. You stay in an experienced teacher's home, have one-to-one language lessons, enjoy 3 meals a day with the family and then continue to use the language during the rest of your stay as you share the daily life of the family. Mealtime conversations, visits, television and social contacts all take place in the language you are studying.

The home tuition advantage

The most common criticism of conventional language schools is that students speak their own language with friends when not in class. This weakness is eliminated with HLI's home tuition method because you are the only student in the class. You therefore have the opportunity to speak the language before, during and after your lessons for a true full-immersion experience.

Our teachers

All of our teachers have a university degree (or equivalent) and/or a recognised teaching certificate. All teachers have been visited by one of our Local Organisers; their qualifications have been checked and their homes thoroughly inspected.

Our local organisers

Every area is supervised by a Local Organiser whose job is to monitor the progress of each student and to make sure your experience with us is both enjoyable and successful.

Private language lessons

You can choose from 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours per week of oneto-one lessons with your experienced teacher. The lessons are completely personalised for you so the teacher will focus on ex- actly what you need. We teach all levels from complete beginners to highly advanced, and we welcome students of all ages.

Children & teenagers

As they live and study in the teacher's homes, students cannot hide at the back of the class or miss lessons. Children of all ages can easily be supervised by the teacher according to their parents' wishes.

Adults & professionals

There is no longer any need for adults and professionals to feel uncomfortable in a large class of differing ages and abilities. Some of our teachers have specialist knowledge of subjects such as business, medicine, law, marketing, engineering, banking etc. These teachers offer a Business & Specialised Vocabulary course for those who request it in advance.

HLI Practising English

The HLI textbook is available on request free of charge to all students taking courses in the UK or Ireland. Please write to us after you have completed your course and we will send it directly to your home.

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Home Language International is a fully accredited member of the following organisations:


HLI is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). HLI has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high quality institution.
ASIC is recognised by UKVI in UK, is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) in USA and is listed in their International Directory, is a member of the BQF (British Quality Foundation), are affiliates of ENQA (European Network for Quality Assurance) and are institutional members of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network).


Founded thirty one years ago, today UNOSEL has a membership of seventy professional organisations. The aim of the Association is to promote and inform the public of the professionalism of its members, to develop consumer confidence by giving consumers genuine guarantees of service, and to keep its members abreast of new developments in the profession. The commitment of the members of UNOSEL is embodied in the European Standard on Language tours, and the UNOSEL quality charter.



ALTO is the only premium forum joining leading language travel agents, schools, and national associations as one global community. Membership is open to businesses, associations and the leaders of those organisations involved in language and/or educational travel.


HLI is recognised in Rheinland-Pfalz. In Germany, basically every employee who has been employed full-time in a company for at least 6 months has the legal right of making use of Bildungsurlaub. Within the scope of Bildungsurlaub you are entitled to five working days of educational leave, which you can usually sum up to ten days by combining it with the following year.
There is no entitlement to Bildungsurlaub in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, and Thuringia. In those cases you should talk to your employer individually in order to clarify whether he would approve Bildungsurlaub. Even in the other federal states, the employer has to approve the course you want to do as it legally has to implicate at least a certain "minimal benefit" for your current workplace.