Vivien is a friendly lady who lives with her 2 small dogs Alfie and Lola in a 3 bedroom house in Chester. Vivien is retired, her hobbies include gardening, cooking reading and crafts.
Vivien says: "I have a large family with 3 grown up children and 8 grandchildren who I love to spend time with, I like to involve my students and treat them like family too. You will always get a big welcome when you arrive and I hope you feel at home whilst staying with me. You can make yourself at home and don't be afraid to ask for help in understanding anything including homework, watching television with me, telling me about your day. You will enjoy your experience in Chester as there is no nicer City in the North West”
Many students have enoyed staying with Vivien. Here is some of their feedback:
'My host mother is so intelligent and supportive. She helped me a lot. My English really improved and I was very happy with her.' Asami, Japan
'Vivien is such an amazing and friendly woman, that I really enjoyed the time I spent with her. I'll miss her very much!' Vendula, Czech Republic
'Vivien is very friendly and I like the English breakfast and dinner very much.' Wolfgang, Germany
Here Vivien answers some of our questions:
What do you like about hosting students?
I enjoy the company of the students and helping them with the language and customs of this country. Also my family have all grown up and moved out so it’s nice for me to have the company of students!
Can you tell us about one of your favourite experiences you have had with a student?
Many years ago I had a Japanese couple stay with me who were hilarious! The lady could speak the "Queens English" as she said, and her husband could not speak English very well but could understand it, so we had very interesting three way conversations! They laughed so much at their little mistakes but I was able to help them correct them. They also cooked a Japanese meal for all of us, such a lovely couple.
Do you think your students' English improves during their stay with you?
Yes definitely, I think it does and they are more confident to speak English.