Welcome to the Kingsway FAQ Blog!

We have answered a few questions from our new students here, so please browse through them to see if your question is answered. If not please do email us and ask your question. We look forward to hearing from you.

Is a 3-month English course long enough?

I need to improve my English not only to study but also to help me at work and to be able to make a presentation to client and have confidence to talk on the meeting. Could you please let me know if a 3 month English course at Kingsway will be enough to get that?

You would be able to make a lot of progress with your English in 3 months but, as I’m sure you know, learning a language takes time. If you took our GG22 x 12 weeks you would get 270 hours of tuition plus you would be immersed in English. It takes about 200 hours to move up 0.5 level in IELTS so if you are currently a level 5.0, you should be at about a level 6.0 if you do lots of exam practice whilst you are here. But separate to your IELTS score, you would become much more confident in using the language and you would really broaden your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation, listening skills and grammar.

If you wanted a teacher to help you prepare for a presentation or meeting then you could add in some 1:1 lessons. These could be booked once you were here and had a better idea of the progress you were making.

What do I do for lunch on my English course at Kingsway?

On Mondays we all eat together – staff and students, & this is included in your course fee. Normally we have a buffet in school but, if we only a few students in, a member of staff will take the students to a restaurant. Our buffets provide a range of cold food (with options for vegetarians) including sandwiches, pies, tarts and fresh fruit.

On other days of the week our students have a wide range of options to choose from as there are about 50 cafes, restaurants, sandwich shops, pubs & takeaways to choose from within a short walk of Kingsway. The cheapest thing to do is buy a sandwich or snack from a local shop and bring it back to school to eat. Our students often decide together what to do/where to go each day so you may choose to do something different every day.

What time is check-in for homestay families on an English course?

Kingsway’s homestay families for our English courses always try to be flexible to fit in with flight arrivals and departures. Ideally you should arrive on a Sunday afternoon/evening and leave on a Saturday morning, but we know this isn’t always possible. For most of the year we can be really flexible and if you need to arrive at midnight on a Saturday and leave at 04:00 on a Monday that’s OK. Our homestays are paid per week (7 nights) so if you need to stay for an 8th night, we charge for that pro-rata. For example one extra night in an Executive homestay costs GBP 42.00.

What happens on the first day of my English language course?

You should aim to arrive at Kingsway sometime between 08:30 and 08:45 on your first Monday. This will allow time for you to meet our Senior Management Team & a few other students before 09:00. We will give you a folder with a pad of paper and a pen so you don’t need to bring anything in particular.

Every Monday at 09:00 all students and staff gather In the lounge and our Director of Studies welcomes everyone to the new week at Kingsway. He then introduces the teachers and calls out the names of the students who are to go with each teacher.

This is Monday’s timetable for new students:

09:00 – 10:30 Lesson
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Introduction for all new students. This is a Powerpoint presentation given by our DoS & followed by a tour of the building and a demonstration of how to use the library and self-access facilities. It finishes with an introduction to key admin.staff.

12:15 – 13:30 Buffet lunch in school for all students and teachers. (In weeks when numbers are low we go to a restaurant instead).

13:30 – 15:00 Lesson (for students on 22 and 30 hour courses)
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:45 Lesson (for students on 30 hour courses)

17:00 – 17:45 Pronunciation lesson for all new students. This is when we introduce the International Phonemic Alphabet which is used by all teachers in all lessons.