English with a touch of Scotland
We offer a great experience to learn English on a one-to-one basis at the teacher’s home in Scotland. We create a personalized learning program for each student while offering a full board service.
The learning experience is designed for young students who want to learn English with a "soft" personalised approach or who are simply looking for a comfortable and safe environment.
The goal is to have students to learn English at the teacher's home, but not with any teacher: an Italian "Prof.". The lessons will also include sessions with an English mother tongue teacher to fine-tune the correct accent.
There is also the chance to book maths lessons in English, learn about French grammar and literature and Art History for an extra fee.
In this environment students will learn English but eat the Italian way.
A comfortable and safe environment
Up to 2 student places are available throughout the year, providing a chance for them to learn English as a second language, experience real dialects, engage in local customs, and enjoy traditional activities in the area. The house is surrounded by fields, woods and natural reserves while being close to the amenities of the town of Alford and Inverurie. It is also located close to the castle trail of West Aberdeenshire.
Our basic package includes 10 hours of lessons every week, consisting of two one hour sessions during week days, covering English grammar and/or literature that will be delivered by me and a mother tongue colleague.
Extra lessons can be booked. These will have to be booked at least two weeks prior departure.
Additonally, we are able to offer maths and art history lessons carried out in English together with French grammar and literature.
Discover Scotland in English
Visiting local attractions in also an opportunity to learn and improve your English while discovering many interesting historic events of the Scottish history.
Every day during the week we offer the opportunity to visit historical buildings and natural beauties. We take you to explore the many castles, stately homes, natural parks and fishing villages whose beaches are often visited by dolphins, seals and seagulls. We will also take you to traditional restaurants to taste the local delicacies, such as fish soup and Haggis.
We will take you to visit Balmoral Castle, the holiday home of the Queen , and the historic whisky distilleries
We provide a warm and comfortable bedroom for our guests, sharing a twin bedroom within our home. Each bed is antique and has a wonderful memory foam matress to suit most preferences.
The bedroom is cleaned thoroughly each week, with clean linen and towels provided, and personal clothes washed up to two times per week.
Food and Drinks
During the week, our Full Board Service includes a continental breakfast of cereals, toast, yogurth, traditional cooked oats (porridge), and fruits. During the weekend, a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast (eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms) is included.
Additionally, the daily lunches and dinners are cooked according to Italian tradition while using Italian and local ingredients.
Although we aim to cater for all requirements and needs, special dietary requirements must be advised prior to making a booking, as we may not be able to assist in some circumstances.
Keeping active is a great way to enhance learning and improve retention, so we encourage a range of activities in the local area, some on the door step, some further away.
Our home sits on Whitehill, and provides numerous paths for pleasant walks with great views. There is also the nearby Pitfichie Forest and Mountainbike trails, known throughout Europe for their cross-country trails and downhill tracks - a sure hit with those keen on cycling.
The nearby city of Aberdeen, and local towns of Inverurie and Alford provide the local culture - from theatre and music, to local cinema's and beyond.
There is also a golf club at a short distance that offers golf lessons, drives and courses.
Although we proide most equipment and safety gear, specialist equipment hire may be needed for certain activities. Students should be covered by an insurance cover for any outdoor activities.
A typical summer week including:
transfer from and to Aberdeen airport and train station
twin bedroom with private bathroom
20 hours of lessons, 10 of which with a local teacher
from £600 per student. Additional costs include personal expenses and entry tickets to museums, castles, distilleries and other attractions.
After many years of teaching foreign languages in secondary and high schools in Milan I moved to Scotland, land of my desires, together with my dog Breeze, my daughter and her husband.
I have been teaching to all levels, from primary schools to high schools, to professional courses and Universities while giving private lessons and preparing students for English and French certifications. I have also helped adults to acquire a confident use of the professional English.
I am very passionate about teaching and I would be happy to help any student/professional to go through the challenging transition of living and working in a different country.
Nowadays being able to speak more than one language is essential for the future professional and personal carrier of our students.