How to Choose the Language School
Choosing a language school can be difficult, especially considering there are so many good ones in Malta. Here are a few questions to ask, which should help make it easier for you to pick the one that most suits your needs.
Is It a Good School?
All the schools featured on this site are high-quality English language schools with full accreditation, which is the mark of a good school.
Being accredited means that the school is subject to regular inspection by the organisation issuing the accreditation. Teaching quality, how well students are cared for, and how well the school is managed are just a few of the things that are checked. This ensures that you will be learning English effectively and in a safe, quality environment.
Does the Schools Teaching Methodology Mesh with My Learning Style?
Everyone has different preferences in terms of how they learn and absorb information. Some students do better in a structured, lecture-like environment, while others need more flexibility and a more interactive approach. This is why it is imperative that the school’s teaching style matches your preferred learning style, or you will find it practically impossible to learn anything new and will be wasting your time.
Keep in mind that schools in Malta tend to be quite flexible and willing to accommodate many learning styles, especially in one-on-one sessions.
What Is the Maximum Size of the Class?
Maximum class sizes tend to differ from one school to the next. Of course, the more students there are in a class, the less personal attention you be getting from the teacher. On the other hand, a large class focused on an interactive teaching methodology usually, means that you get more practice speaking the language than a small class where the teacher is the focus.
Often, a good solution is a mix of a group course with one-on-one sessions. Thus, you’ll be attending a class with other students where you can get speaking practice in, while also brushing up on your weaker areas by working one-on-one with the teacher.
Of course, this means ensuring that the school you attend also offers personal individual sessions.
Does the School Organise Any Extracurricular Activities?
For most people, one of the reasons they want to learn English abroad is the ability to immerse themselves in the language. This means that what happens outside of class is as important as what happens during class. Thus, a good school will either organise extracurricular activities themselves or, at the very least, provide significant discounts on tours and attractions in the region.
Of course, ideally, you’d want to attend a school that offers a wide range of activities outside the classroom.
How Much Will It Really Cost?
Another aspect you need to consider is your budget. You’ll not only be paying for the cost of the course, you will also have other expenses, such as accommodation, meals, and extracurricular activities. You need to take into account all these costs as they will impact your budget, as well as your choice of school.
These are just some of the things to consider when choosing an English language school in Malta. However, you can be sure that all the schools featured on this website are excellent options and whichever one you choose, you will be more than satisfied.
Additional Services Offered by Language Schools
English language schools in Malta offer a wide range of additional services besides language training. Some of the other services you will have access to include:
- Social and extracurricular activities such as cultural tours and trips to various attractions, sporting competitions, diving trips and more;
- Discount vouchers for attractions all over Malta;
- Airport transfers… and more.
Most schools organise the extracurricular activities in such a way as to complement the courses being taught. Thus, the trips and tours are often accompanied by a guide who is also a teacher and all conversations and presentations are conducted in English. This way students can apply the language skills they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations.
In other words, you’ll be honing your English language skills while having fun and enjoying all the wonderful sights and attractions that Malta has to offer.