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 (International English Language Test) courses and tuition for professionals and university applications and OET (Occupational English Test) tuition for medical professionals wishing to access to jobs market in an English speaking country.

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.

Learn at a time and place to suit you

Where do we teach?

  Edgbaston Community Centre All IELTS preparation courses for groups of 8 students or more take place at Edgbaston Community Centre – a very modern training facility very close to Birmingham City Centre: Edgbaston Community Centre 40 Woodview Drive Birmingham B15 2HU Find Edgbaston Community Centre on Google Maps The centre is within walking distance … Continue reading Where do we teach?

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 13 years of teaching experience (including specialist IELTS tuition), I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in English Language … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Laura Plotnek

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. … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Julie Walker

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 … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Joanne McHale

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 … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Ellie Ahmed

TEACHER PROFILE: Lucy Hurst

Hello, I’m Lucy! I am a fully qualified English teacher and I teach English in secondary schools, colleges, private language schools and universities across the West Midlands. Before becoming a teacher, I achieved a first-class honours degree and postgraduate qualification, and I worked for over a decade in the business and marketing industry. So, I … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Lucy Hurst

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 … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Mick Sadler

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 … Continue reading TEACHER PROFILE: Silva Petros