About us



Meet the Home English Team:

providing high quality ESOL and IELTS tuition in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, the black country and surrounding areas

High quality ESOL and IELT tuition

This is me (Laura), owner of Home English, in the blue t-shirt with past students

Hi there! My name’s Laura. I established Home English in 2009 in Blackpool and, following a successful two year period in the North West, relocated to my hometown of Birmingham in January 2012.

My small and friendly team of teachers are all specially trained by the University of Cambridge to teach English to overseas students. In addition to teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), we also specialise in IELTS tuition.

Myself and my teachers have a genuine passion for teaching and we always ensure our lessons are designed to help you achieve your goals. So, whether you are are at beginner or advanced level, training for IELTS or an employer looking for a professional in-house business English course, contact me today. We will work together to ensure you reach your potential.

Group teaching space

Where do we teach?

Home English now has a brand new teaching space in the city centre Welcome to the new home of Home English where the majority of our private and small group English lessons now take place: Apex House (Regus) Calthorpe Road Birmingham B15 1TR Find Apex House on Google Maps Please don’t turn up without an […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Laura Plotnek

Director of Home English and ESOL & IELTS teacher Hi there! I am a friendly and experienced English teacher, specifically qualified by the University of Cambridge to teach English as a second language (ESOL). In addition to having over six years of teaching experience (including specialist IELTS tuition), I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in English […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Julie Walker

Hello, I’m Julie. I’ve been teaching English for over 20 years in the UK, Spain and Mexico. I have a Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (Dip RSA, now DELTA) and a PGCE. I teach general English and I specialise in Cambridge examination preparation for IELTS, FCE and CAE. […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Malachy Byrne

Hello, I’m Malachy and I’ve been teaching English for 11 years. I have worked in Japan, Italy, Oman and in my home country of Ireland amongst other places. I am Celta and Delta qualified and I also work as a Cambridge speaking examiner at all levels. I am highly experienced in working with students who are […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Dawn Hammett

Home English teacher Hi, my name’s Dawn! I have been teaching ESOL for 9 years at a prestigious private language school in Athens, Greece and am experienced in teaching students at all levels, specialising in exam classes. I have also taught in several summer schools, so I am used to getting results in a short […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Joanne McHale

HOME ENGLISH TEACHER Hi my name is Joanne! Following a varied career and some travelling around the world, I found what I really love to do which is to teach English as a foreign language. I studied for a Certificate in Education with Linguistics at Teesside University and taught ESOL both at a college and in […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Julia Francis

Home English teacher Hi, I’m Julia! I love to teach and have been lucky enough to have had some amazing teaching experiences, both at home and abroad. I have a Certificate of Education Studies in TESOL and hold a Masters of Education degree in TEFL from The University of Birmingham. I have over 20 years […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Julie Richards

Hello, I’m Julie I have been working in education since 2010 when I trained to be a primary school teacher. I taught in state schools for four years before leaving to set up my own tutoring business in Maths and English. This grew quickly and I soon moved into teaching teenagers and adults in these […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Ellie Ahmed

Hi, I’m Ellie! I am a CELTA-qualified EFL tutor with a degree in English Literature from Oxford University. I have been teaching English for 5 years and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the progress my students make. I love the fact that my job enables me to meet interesting people from all […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Katy Hale

HOME ENGLISH TEACHER Hello, I’m Katy! I’ve been teaching English for over 15 years in Further and Higher Education in the UK. In this time I have taught Academic English, General English and Business English and have prepared students for IELTS and Cambridge exams. I have a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics and a Diploma […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Mick Sadler

Home English ESOL & IELTS teacher Hello, I am Mick! I’ve been teaching ESOL for 11 years at Birmingham Metropolitan College, at all levels from Pre-Entry to Level 2. I have a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching and a Certificate of Education from Wolverhampton University. I love teaching ESOL because I love languages and meeting […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Nicole Cello

Home English teacher Hello, my name is Nicole! I am educated to degree level and TESOL qualified with Qualified Teacher status and have been teaching English (including GCSEs, SATS and 11+), ESOL and IELTS for over ten years. I have taught and still do teach groups and individuals one to one and in classroom environments, including […]

TEACHER PROFILE: Silva Petros

Home English teacher Nice to meet you! I have the TESOL Certificate in teaching English as a second language from Trinity College and a PGCE in Primary teaching with a French specialism. I have been teaching English, French, Italian and interpreting skills for the last 10 years. This has included teaching adults and children in […]