Learn English through music

Homestays with English speakers have proven to be one of the most efficient ways to learn a new language. King and Byrne offer homestays using the power of music to learn English.

As trained musicians and English teachers, your stay with us is a little different from the usual homestay. Here you will study English formally with trained TEFL teachers but we include a musical environment. This means that you will live with a family that are trained musicians and can play acoustic guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar, Spanish guitar, piano and have a recording studio on-premises.

Music is the universal language of mankind. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Special Needs:

We can cater to special dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, lactose intolerant, etc.

Learning English through music

Music is one of life’s simple pleasures, but did you know that it can also help you to learn English? Here’s how music can be an invaluable tool when learning a foreign language:

  1. English pronunciation – trying to pronounce new foreign words can be embarrassing and daunting, particularly if you’re a teenage or adult learner. When you’re singing along to a foreign song, you’re concentrating more on the pace and tone than the words themselves, which can help in overcoming self-consciousness.
  2. This is real-world English and you will be speaking it all day in every conceivable circumstance. When shopping in local stores with the family, taking touristic trips outside of the house, general day to day living situations. All this will give you a solid grounding in the basics of the English language. 
  3. Speaking English every day is motivating –  you have to learn new words and how sentences are constructed to be able to communicate with the family. You are interacting on a daily level with both the mundane vocabulary of learning how to pronounce items for cooking, doing laundry, shopping and moving around in an environment outside the home only in English.
  4. Learning English, using it and practising it every day will also allow you to improve your comprehension and expression skills. The more you interact in English with your host family, the better you will get at understanding and taking part in conversations in a spontaneous way, it will become easier and more natural.
  5. When learning English vocabulary there is a strong link between music and memory – similar areas of the brain are activated when listening to or playing music and speaking or processing language. Research from the University of Edinburgh found that singing words or phrases in a foreign language make us twice as good at speaking it later.
  6. Exposure to a new language will also help you improve your accent. Your brain will become accustomed to the new accent including things like intonation, verbal skills, and what is called the stress pattern of words.  To communicate clearly when you are speaking in English, it’s important to stress the correct syllables in each word. This is called word stress, which means pronouncing one syllable of a multisyllabic word with greater emphasis (stress) than the other syllables in the word.
  7. An English homestay will help you build your self-confidence in a secure non-judgmental environment where learning is fun and easy. You will be able to easily adapt to new situations with what you have learned during your homestay and have new strategies to develop your language skills further. You lose the fear of communicating in an unknown environment.
  8. A homestay will also give you a glimpse into the culture of English speaking folks. When you get to experience living in a home-based environment and experience your host’s traditions and customs, sense of humour, interests in things like music, politics, daily life, and how they view the rest of the world – it brings a culture to life. 
  9. The nervousness you may feel at having to adapt to a new setting will help you get over the fear of communicating in another language and enable you to become more open-minded and allow you to understand the differences in various cultures and how to live with those differences. This personal growth makes you aware of obstacles that other people might have when living in other cultures.
  10. Interacting in another language will allow you to bring a variety of communication skills into your repertoire. It doesn’t matter how you get the initial idea across, with writing, pictures, hand gestures or even mimicking all of these will build your vocabulary and learn more intensively through the interactions with your host family.
  11. When speaking fluently, we generally don’t pause between words. This can be challenging for a non-native speaker. A recent study discovered that we are able to distinguish between words much quicker when they are set to music.
  12. With us, you will also be able to harness the power of music to enhance your language skills. Learning the lyrics of songs in English, and creating a CD of your English musical journey will enhance not only your musical skills but allow you to become confident as a speaker, performer and musician in English.

Why choose us?

At King and Byrne all our staff are trained professionals with university degrees ranging from the UK to Canada along with teaching certifications that make us uniquely qualified to offer English immersion. Read more about our staff here.