If there's one lesson I've learned from trying to improve my Spanish in the last five years, it's the importance of being immersed in an environment where you can practice everywhere you go, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Founded in 1991, on the sunny Mediterranean island of Malta, the Elanguest English Language School offers a wide range of courses, while at the same time allowing students to benefit from an immersive experience.
Residents of the small island nation south of Sicily are bilingual, speaking both Maltese as well as English.
Elanguest takes its name from an abbreviation of “English language for guests,” which is the way founder David West likes to view students as guests.
The school's stated goal is “quality teaching in a quality environment with quality service.”
Quality teaching is ensured by maintaining high standards for the teachers hired at Elanguest.
For example, Michelle Petroni is a British-born, CELTA-qualified teacher who's been involved with the school since 1999 and teaching full-time since 2005.
Scroll through the full list of faculty, and you'll see more than a few with 10+ years of experience teaching at Elanguest.
Low turnover is a great sign of a healthy educational environment.
The school is located in St Julians, a coastal city (pop: 7,500) popular with tourists, and featuring an active nightlife.
Classrooms are air-conditioned, and class sizes are limited to 6 to 12 students, ensuring each student receives plenty of teacher attention.
The main building also features study space for students, as well as the first-floor cafe with free high-speed WI-Fi.
The English Courses
The options at Elanguest run deep, with the most popular program being the General English course.
In this course, there's one session per day, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, leaving you the rest of the day to study, practice, and explore Malta.
Another option, for those who want to take a few shortcuts, is the Survival English course.
The goal of this program is to get you speaking conversational English as quickly as possible.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the school offers Business English courses for professionals who need to speak more formally in the workplace, as well as Medical English courses for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.
Additional courses include:
- Cambridge Exam preparation
- English for journalists
- English for those planning to work in tourism and hospitality
Costs vary depending on the season, course, and number of weeks you intend to study.
Once you've decided to sign up for English classes in Malta, you'll need a place to stay.
Elanguest has you covered here too, offering everything from shared student apartments (the most affordable option) to hotels, and even staying with Maltese host families to further your English immersion experience.
Studying English doesn't have to be all work and no play.
By choosing Elanguest in St Julians, you'll be able to obtain formal English classes in a beautiful destination, filled with native English speakers with whom to practice.
For more information, visit their official website.
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