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    No better place to

    learn English

    www.visitmalta.com

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    Why learn English in Malta?The Maltese archipelago, made up of the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, boasts an extraordinary heritage.Traces of our history are found everywhere you turn, from prehistoric temples to imposing palaces built by theKnights of St John. Every street, every corner has a bit of history to tell.

    Malta is ideal because it manages to combine culture and history with fun and relaxation. Nothing rivals ourfabulous weather, which has contributed to make the islands a year-round destination. In summer, the long, warmdays are perfect for spending some time on the beach, while our clear blue waters are perfect to practise a widerange of water sports such as swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and diving.

    And Malta is not just a great place to learn English in summer. It is an all-year-round destination. The weather inspring and autumn is particularly pleasant with warm temperatures and little rainfall. Our islands are never too coldfor enjoying outdoor activities. Maltas calendar of events includes a variety of cultural, sports and fun activities tosuit everybodys tastes. There are lots of opportunities for leisure. If you want to be a little more adventurous, it maybe worth exploring at least some of the island on your own. In any case, there is a superb choice of extra-curricularactivities to be found, including sporting activities such as golf, tennis, cycling or even horse riding we offer all thisand more.

    Accommodation is very easy to find here, and there is a very wide selection to choose from hotels, schoolresidences, apartments and guest houses, as well as host families. If you really want to spend all your time in Maltaspeaking English and thus get the best out of your experience amongst us, theres nothing better than to stay withan English-speaking host family.

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    You can spend your free time doing some shopping in our capital, Valletta, while admiring its strikingbaroque architecture. Or visit the old capital of Mdina, with its mysterious, winding streets which havelots of stories to tell. You could even take a day or afternoon trip to our sister island, Gozo.

    At night, there is always something going on. Whether you prefer dining by the sea, attending aconcert or theatrical production, clubbing with your new friends, Malta is the place for you. Our islandsgeographical position, at the centre of the Mediterranean sea, means that they are easily accessible frompractically anywhere.

    Maltas historical links with Britain go back to 1800, with the islands remaining under British rule untilindependence in 1964. English remains one of our of ficial languages, the other being our native tongue,Maltese. The legacy of British rule is still very evident today. Practically all of us speak English fluentlyand the language is taught as a main language in every school. Our public administration and educationsystem are based on the British model, we drive on the left side of the road and some of our most popularnewspapers are in English. All this gives us the edge when it comes to welcoming visitors who areinterested in learning English. You will find that the warmth of a hospitable Mediterranean people with atouch of British heritage and culture makes for the perfect mix.

    Mediterranean hospitality and more

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    Our ties with the English language, coupled with our high academic standards, have made Malta one ofEuropes leading EFL destinations. The large number of English language schools here means that you canchoose from large franchises to smaller, privately owned schools. Courses offered by the various schoolsin Malta vary widely, but most offer a general English course, including a number which are accreditedby Cambridge, IELTS, and TOEFL. Other, more specialist courses, such as Business English and English forSpecial Purposes, are also available. Most schools will prepare you for English language exams such asIELTS and Cambridge ESOL, or for entry into the college or university of your choice.

    Most schools also offer one-to-one private intensive courses which can be tailor-made to suit your needs.Classes, on the other hand, are usually quite small with an average of ten students per class, meaning thatteachers can dedicate more time to your progress. English is the only language spoken in the classroomand lessons are structured in such a way as to improve your listening, reading and writing, as well as yourspoken English. At the end of the course, all students receive a certificate of attendance.

    Our schools also cater for children and teenagers. Parents who send their children here do so in theknowledge that they will be well cared for. In fact it is obligatory for junior students to be accompaniedon all their activities. Our islands enjoy a reputation as being extremely safe and supervision is providedby the schools. Should you prefer to accompany your children, Malta is the perfect place to combine

    learning English with a memorable family holiday!

    Language courses for everyone

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    Depending on their size, most schools usually offer facilities such as free WIFI or internet usage, cafeterias,chill-out areas, televisions, audio-visual libraries and much more. Most classes are air-conditioned andmany also offer hi-tech teaching tools and modern aids. Many of our schools offer after-hours excursionswith group leaders who are ready to organise almost any type of activity for you. Other schools have afixed activity schedule with different social events every day from cultural tours to diving and sailing, tobarbeques and parties.

    Schools offer a number of teaching levels, so you will be able to find the right course to suit your

    requirements, whether you are a complete beginner or just need to brush up your English.

    Some schools curricula are in line with the CEF (Common European Framework) which includes six levelsof competence. The CEF certificate can be utilised as a reference by students who wish to demonstratelanguage proficiency to a potential employer or academic body.

    The expertise and qualifications of our teachers, together with their natural linguistic ability, ensures thatthe level of English being taught in English Language schools is of a very high standard. Besides beingprofessional, our teachers are dedicated, friendly and ready to go the extra mile to ensure that you getthe best teaching experience that you deserve.

    An unbeatable learning experience

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    EFL schools in Malta are fully licensed by our Ministry of Education. Teachers must have at least a TEFL(Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification as well as an advanced level qualification inEnglish. Some schools also hold the prestigious ISO 9001 quality accreditation, as well as CEN (EuropeanCommittee for Standardization) EN 14804:2005 Language Study Tour Provider certification. This ensures

    year-round quality teaching for adults, teenagers and children who wish to learn English in Malta.

    A number of our schools are members of FELTOM (Federation of English Language Teaching

    Organisation Malta). FELTOM is a self regulating, non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting

    professionalism within the Maltese language learning industry. Its codes of conduct formed the basisof national legislation which today regulates the state licensing of English Language schools on ourislands. All FELTOM member schools must meet accreditation requirements before they can becomefully accredited members of the Federation.

    Since almost everyone here speaks English, you can rest assured that you will be able to practise yourspeaking skills and apply the knowledge you have gained in the classroom. And even when you areout and about, visiting one of the islands myriad historical sites, or even doing a little shopping, wewill be happy to engage in conversation with you.

    Professional learning methods

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    Malta Tourism Authority

    Auberge dItalieMerchants Street, Valletta

    Tel.: (+356) 22915000

    [email protected]

    www.visitmalta.com

    Main photography

    Daniel Cilia

    Kurt Arrigo

    Markus Kirchgessner

    Matthew MirabelliPaolo Meitre Liberatini

    Clive Vella

    Calypsos Cave

    Citadel

    Mnajdra Prehistoric Temples

    aar Qim Prehistoric TemplesTarxien Prehistoric Temples

    al Saieni HypogeumMosta Dome

    Victoria

    Xlendi

    Dwejra

    GOZO

    MALTA

    COMINO

    Melliea

    St Pauls Bay

    Marr

    Mdina

    Rabat

    Dingli

    Birebbua

    Blue Grotto

    Golden Bay

    BlueLagoon

    Paola Tarxien

    urrieq

    Qrendi

    VallettaSliema

    Marsaxlokk

    Mosta

    Naxxar

    Marsa

    Nadur

    Xagra

    Marr

    Ramla l-amra Bay

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    St Johns Co-Cathedral

    Dingli Cliffs

    gantija Prehistoric Temples

    FlorianaGar Dalam CaveTa arat Prehistoric TemplesDomus Romana

    St Pauls Catacombs

    St Agathas Catacombs

    Fort Rinella 100 ton gun

    Grand Harbour

    Marsamxett HarbourSt Julians

    Vittoriosa

    SengleaCospicua

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    Malta Tourism Authority

    Auberge dItalieMerchants Street, Valletta

    Tel.: (+356) 22915000

    [email protected]

    www.visitmalta.com

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