Since English is an official and widely spoken language in Malta, English as a Second/Foreign Language courses are popular on the island, attracting tens of thousands of students each year. The highest number of ESL/EFL students in Malta come from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and China. ESL/EFL programs in Malta are offered year-round, but the summer months (May-September) are the most popular time to study English in Malta (and work on your tan at the same time!)
While most language schools in Malta cater to young adults, programs are offered for older age brackets (30+, 50+) and those who want to learn English for a business environment.
Typical ESL/EFL program structures include:
Some ESL/EFL schools also offer study and work programs, through which students participate in internships during their stay. Most ESL/EFL schools in Malta offer full boarding (stay with a local family) and self-boarding options. Some of the most popular areas to study ESL/EFL in Malta are Sliema, St. Julian's, and Paceville, due to their proximity to bars, restaurants, and other attractions.
Program schedules include instructional time and organized social activities, such as boat cruises, beach parties, historical tours, and excursions to around Malta and beyond.
Some of the largest ESL/EFL schools in Malta include: EC English, Education First (EF) Malta, IELS Malta, Malta Lingua, AM Language Studio, and NSTS English Language Institute. The University of Malta also offers an ESL/EFL program through the Malta University Language School.
ESL/EFL program prices in Malta range from €100- €2,265 per week, excluding accommodation. Accommodation organized through language schools starts at €100 per week. Language schools can also arrange flights, airport transfers, and travel and medical insurance at additional fees upon request.
You can also study English (and other languages) in Malta through private lessons. Private lessons are offered through tutors and ESL schools in Malta.
Tutors normally post availability on local classifieds web sites and expat forums such as Easy Expat's Malta forum. Once in Malta, you can also find listings for private English language tutors on community bulletin boards, in cafes, and at the university. It also helps to ask other expats in Malta to recommend a tutor.
Language exchanges are a method of learning a new language by practising with a partner. Language exchanges are sometimes also called "tandem language learning". Language exchanges can occur online - through Skype or other chat services - or in person. They are a great way to learn a new skill, make new friends, and integrate into new cultures.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practising a new language with a native speaker. As an added bonus, language exchange partners can help you understand the culture of the area and inform you of local events and attractions. Cultural questions about gift giving, festivals, night-life, and greetings can be addressed without worry. Ideally, an exchange partner is not only your ambassador, but a new friend too. Find a tandem partner through Easy Expat's Malta forum.