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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 check our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us and ask your question. We look forward to hearing from you.

Portmanteau Words 2

I had a good response to my blog about portmanteau words so I thought I’d give you some more examples. Just as a reminder - a portmanteau word is a new word combined from 2 words or part-words eg “mansplaining” is a modern word combined of "man" + "explaining" meaning...

Where does the word BREXIT come from? (and other portmanteau words)

Sue Johns looks at the trend for joining words together and how the English language is evolving Thanks to an unnecessary referendum, a useless opposition and an outdated voting system, the UK will be leaving the EU on January 31st against the wishes of about 50% of...

Warning for Students about E-Gates when arriving into the UK

For students arriving into the UK this summer please take note : The UK government has recently extended the use of e-gates to a few non-visa national countries; including South Korea and Japan. Students should NOT to use the e-gates as this would mean they do not get...

Should I choose an English school in London or away from London?

This is an interesting question we received recently from a young professional enquiring about an intensive English course for his work. It all depends on what you want out of your English course and what your priorities are. There are three scenarios : Firstly, if...

How can I find a good English school for adults without teenagers?

A good question. When we speak to our students at Kingsway about why they chose us they usually say because you only accept adults looking for an intensive course and I won't be in a class of teenagers who could be my children or even grand children! So the first...

Do I need General English or Business English?

This is a question we get asked regularly : do I need to take a General English course or a Business English course? Or another way of asking : what is the difference between a General English course and a Business English course? In essence "English is English" and...

Is a 3-month English course long enough?

Here's a question we received recently about how long should an English course be. 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...

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...

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...