Kingsway's Academic Philosophy
We believe that, for the majority of people, speaking and listening are the most important language skills - the ones most in need of practice and certainly the skills which are best improved by a course in England. For this reason all our courses give priority to speaking and listening, although lessons do also include reading, writing and grammar.
We know that confidence is the key to success in speaking a foreign language so we build students' confidence through emphasising effective communication rather than accurate communication. Once the fear of making mistakes goes then students can make real progress in their speaking skills.
Some students come to us on a quest for perfect grammar thinking that this is the answer to speaking perfect English. In fact speaking English well involves choosing the most natural combination of words and pronouncing them well. This is where our teachers focus their efforts although grammar is not ignored.
All our teachers encourage the use of English-English dictionaries during lessons and for homework as this is an excellent way of building vocabulary. We also help students develop their study skills so that they can continue their learning after their course has finished.
Unlike most schools, Kingsway has a thorough and systematic approach to pronunciation. We run a class for new students every Monday from 16h45 - 17h30 when we introduce them to the International Phonemic Alphabet. This is a useful tool for pronunciation work and all our teachers use it during lessons.