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English in Malta (EC)

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Why study English in Malta?

  • Ages 16+ (17+ during the summer)
  • Ages 23+ for mini group classes
  • Sessions starting from 1 week
  • State-of-the-art school in the heart of St Julian's
  • General and business English, English in the City
  • Cambridge, TOEFL and IELTS exam preparation
  • Multicultural and diverse
  • Homestay or flatshare accommodation
  • VIP service

Destination

Language programme in Malta

Malta is a spectacular island located in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean and is the perfect place to study English all year round. Its Mediterranean climate, gorgeous bays and tranquil villages make it a haven of serenity. Malta also boasts of a rich cultural history, bars, shops and restaurants galore along with a buzzing nightlife.

English is one of the two official languages on the island, due to two centuries of being under British rule. Malta's most-read paper is the English-language Malta Times, and the Maltese even drive on the left. If you're looking for sea, sand and sun as well as top-notch English lessons, Malta is the place for you!

EC English Language Centres

Our partner school, EC, is located in the heart of St Julian's, a charming tourist resort built around a small bay just a short walk from the bus station. It's the perfect location to study English in a beautiful Mediterranean setting.

EC Malta holds internationally recognised FELTOM and ISO 9001 quality accreditation.

School facilities include:

  • 62 modern classrooms with SmartBoards
  • On-site cafe/cafeteria
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Study room
  • Student lounge
  • 2 rooftop terraces
  • Disabled access

VIP service - The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online EC platform to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport/station
  • A warm welcome in the residence or host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
  • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
  • A presentation of all members of the EC team

You´re ready to learn!

Activities and events during your stay

As an EC student, you will be able to enjoy a diverse range of social and leisurely activities every week, in the afternoons or evenings. You are very welcome to participate in these activities, although they are not mandatory. Many of these activities are free of charge, but some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without and differ depending on the season.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome tour and drink
  • Restaurant outings
  • Visits of museums and historical sites
  • Yoga classes
  • Excursions

Courses

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Average 11 students (maximum 14)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the EC e-learning site up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English speakers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 20 lessons per week

    4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: all levels

  • Intensive English: 30 lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

    • Write Now
    • Media Studies
    • The Language of Music
    • Film Studies
    • Global Citizenship
    • Comparative Culture & Communication
    • Basic English Writing
    • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
    • Get Talking
    • And many more!

    Language level: all levels

  • English in the City: 30 lessons per week

    This Special Focus Programme combines 20 lessons of General English with 10 lessons focused on language study inspired by your destination, for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning. Students enrolled in this course visit a number of fascinating locations, from stunning museums and inspiring galleries to successful local businesses and charming neighbourhoods all over the city.

    Themed lessons include:

    • Business English - Tours of Local Businesses
    • Describing Art & Culture - Museum Tours
    • Talk like a Local - Neighbourhood Visits

    Language level: all levels

  • English for Work: 30 lessons per week

    EC's English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

    Business Skills:

    • Expressing personal opinions
    • Making suggestions
    • Presenting case studies
    • Problem solving

    Business Focus - 10 tailored lessons :

    • Negotiating contracts
    • Management and HR
    • Branding and promotional strategies
    • Project management
    • Business ethics and CSR

    Specific business techniques such as business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

    Language level: Low Intermediate to Advanced

    • Exam Preparation Courses

      • Cambridge ESOL: 30 lessons per week
        Session length: 12 weeks, available year-round (see "Prices and Dates").

      Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them.

      Language level:

      • FCE: Intermediate (10/12 weeks), Pre Advanced (4 weeks)
      • CAE: Pre Advanced (10/12 weeks), Advanced (4 weeks)
      • CPE : Advanced (10/12 weeks)

        • IELTS & TOEFL Exams Preparation: 30 lessons per week
          Session length: 4 or 8 weeks

      If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the IELTS exam is the first step to success. EC teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence.

      Language Level IELTS required: Intermediate

      Language Level TOEFL required: Pre Advanced

EC Teaching Methods

EC follows a 'Communicative Method' syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions - the best way to improve your fluency - you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC's teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students - so you'll feel at home while your English improves!

Accommodation

Homestay (Ages 16+)

Single or shared room, shared bathroom and half board.

Travel time to EC: Our Malta host families live close to EC, which can be reached on foot or public transport. Most families live in St Julian’s, Sliema, Sweiqi, San Gwann, St Andrew’s, Ta’ Xbiex, Gzira, Msida and Pembroke.

Practical information:

  • Bedding provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Flatshare (Age 18+)

Flatshare accommodation is a great option for students looking for a bit more freedom and also a great way to meet other EC students from all over the world.

Features:

  • Single or shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • No meals
  • Travel time to EC: maximum 30 minutes on foot or on puiblic transport
  • Located in St Julian’s, Swieqi, Sliema, etc.
  • Deposit (around €100) may have to be paid on arrival, to be refunded by EC at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Bedding provided on arrival (bring your own towels)
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Free WiFi access
  • Common room
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates

Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded.) : 01/01, 19/03, 30/03, 01/05, 07/06, 29/06, 15/08, 21/09, 13/12, 25/12.

Business English start dates: every Monday for a duration of up to 23 weeks.

Exam Prep Course Dates:

FCE Courses:

  • 07/01-08/03 (9 weeks - exam 09/03)
  • 01/04-21/06 (12 weeks - exam 22/06)
  • 01/07-23/08 (8 weeks - exam 22/08)
  • 23/09-13/12 (12 weeks - exam 14/12)

CAE Courses:

  • 07/01-15/03 (10 weeks - exam 16/03)
  • 01/04-21/06 (12 weeks - exam 22/06)
  • 01/07-23/08 (8 weeks - exam 23/08)
  • 23/09-13/12 (12 weeks - exam 14/12)

CPE Courses:

  • 07/01-08/03 (9 weeks - exam 09/03)
  • 18/03-07/06 (12 weeks - exam 13/06)*
  • 09/09-29/11 (12 weeks - exam 05/12)*

(Exam dates are subject to change at the local centre's discretion. For more information, visit the Cambridge exam website)

*Possibility to book an extra week of accommodation in order to participate in the exam (at extra cost)

IELTS: exam sessions take place every week, for 4 or 8 weeks. Exam dates are posted on the IELTS website and the TOEFL website.

Programme prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

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Lessons and flat-shared accomodation, shared room, no meals
Duration20 lessons30 lessons 20L in small group30L in small group
1 week455 €560 €605 €690 €
2 weeks835 €1,045 €1,135 €1,305 €
3 weeks1,195 €1,495 €1,665 €1,920 €
4 weeks1,585 €2,005 €2,715 €2,515 €
6 weeks2,340 €2,970 €3,225 €3,735 €
8 weeks3,095 €3,935 €--
12 weeks4,305 €4,845 €--
16 weeks5,715 €6,435 €--
18 weeks6,420 €7,230 €--
20 weeks7,125 €8,025 €--
24 weeks8,175 €8,995 €--
32 weeks10,795 €12,075 €--
36 weeks12,135 €13,575 €--
Exam preparation and flat-shared accomodation, shared room, no meals
DuréeTOEFL/IELTSCambridge FCE/CAE/CPE
4 weeks2,015 €2,085 €
8 weeks3,955 €4,095 €
12 weeks-5,085 €
Peak-season extra
17/06-27/09Per week
1 to 12-week lessons only20 €
Extras (Accomodation per week)
AccomodationOff-peak seasonPeak season*
Host family, shared room, half board20 €65 €
Host family, individual room, half board75 €175 €
Shared flat, shared room, no meals-70 €
Shared flat, individual room, no meals100 €230 €
Special diet (vegan, halal, ...)50 €50 €
*Peak-season accomodation applies between 15/06 and 29/09
Transfer - Per trip
Malta International Airport (MLA)25 €

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay or flatshare accommodation
  • If homestay, shared or single room, shared bathroom, half board
  • If flatshare, shared or single room, shared bathroom, free WiFi, cleaning service
  • Single room, shared bathroom
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome Event
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Malta and airport transfers
  • Meals if staying in a shared flat
  • Transportation in and around Malta
  • Deposit on arrival (100€ by cash), where applicable
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, IELTS,...)
  • Optional insurances

Practical Info

Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday

**Departures: Saturday or Sunday

Please note: Stays last 8 days and 7 nights, either from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday.

Transport

Arrival Airport: Malta International Airport

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, please see Dates & Prices 2018 tab)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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