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August 2006 issue

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Malta Feedback

A decrease in agent usage among students was a trend noted in this year's Student Feedback survey of Malta, along with smaller class sizes and a slightly shorter average length of stay than last year.


Malta feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 41, male 22, (unknown 7) 70
Average age in years: 26
Average length of programme in weeks: 10.3
Average number of students in class: 4.1
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 21.8
% of students who found their course through an agent: 23
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 53
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 29
% of students who would recommend their school: 84

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (61%)
Asia (10%)
C & E Europe (26%)
Unknown (3%)
1. German 23%
2. Russian 11%
3. Italian 9%
3. Austrian 9%
5. Turkish 6%
6. Spanish 4%
6. Swedish 4%
6. Swiss 4%
6. Korean 4%
6. French 4%

In my class there are... How will you use your English in the future?
Too many students (7%)
Too many students of my language (10%)
Too many students from one other countries (6%)
None of these (69%)
Unknown (8%)
Coll. study in Malta (4%)
College study elsewhere (20%)
College study at home (28%)
Current or fututre work (46%)
For pleasure only (2%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of the teaching
II found it on the Internet (50%)
It was recommended by an agent (23%)
It was recommended by a friend/relative (21%)
I saw it advertised (6%)
Excellent (66%)
Good (28%)
Satisfactory (3%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)

Standard of your academic programme Standard of your accommodation
Excellent (23%)
Good (50%)
Satisfactory (13%)
Poor (6%)
Unsatisfactory (8%)
Excellent (10%)
Good (36%)
Satisfactory (23%)
Poor (14%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)
Unknown (14%)

Standard of your social programme? What is your accomodation while in Malta?
Excellent (14%)
Good (50%)
Satisfactory (19%)
Poor (6%)
Unsatisfactory (8%)
Host family (17%)
Residential/single room (33%)
Residential/dormitory (20%)
Other/Unknown (30%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (53%)
No (40%)
Unknown (7%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (62%)
No (34%)
Unknown (4%)
City/town
Yes (34%)
No (62%)
Unknown (4%)
School
Yes (36%)
No (60%)
Unknown (4%)


Student nationality
With just three world regions being represented by the students taking part in this year';s Feedback survey on Malta, compared with five last year, the nationality mix in Malta was not as diverse. However, a total of 22 different nationalities were represented and just 16 per cent of students thought that there were too many students who either spoke their own language or another language in their classrooms. A very noticeable trend this year was the low number of Asian students among our respondents, particularly Chinese students – who were the top nationality last year making up 17 per cent of the student body (see Language Travel Magazine, July 2005, pages 17-18).

Student motivation
The typical profile of a language student taking part in this year';s survey was a university student (37 per cent of the group) between the ages of 20 and 25 (41 per cent of respondents). A further 27 per cent of respondents said that they were either a business person or a professional and 24 per cent of students were over 30 years of age, showing that Malta is attracting students from a variety of backgrounds. The number of students currently using their English for work or study purposes was fairly evenly divided, with 34 per cent saying that they used their language skills for work and 39 per cent for study. The average length of stay among students was slightly lower this year at 10.3 weeks, compared with 13.2 weeks previously.

Student enrolment
Agent usage among language students in Malta was down this year. A measly 22 per cent reported that they found their course through an agency this year, compared with 43 per cent last year, when this was the most popular way to find a school. A higher 53 per cent of respondents enrolled in their course via an agency, but this was still a marked decrease on last year when 78 per cent of students indicated that they had booked this way. However, those who did use an agent valued their recommendation quite highly with "agency recommendation" featuring many times in the reasons given by students as to why they chose their school. Other reasons included price, school size and the fact that students received a quick response to emails.

Standard of the schools
School and teaching standards were generally quite high in Malta and of the 14 per cent of students who thought their accommodation was poor or unsatisfactory, accommodation options were split between residential (single and shared) and those who had made their own arrangements. With small average class sizes – 4.1 students compared with 8.6 last year – it is not surprising to note that very few students (seven per cent) thought that there were too many students in their class.

Living in Malta
Despite many students choosing to study in Malta because of its low cost, 41 per cent of respondents found that the cost of living was more expensive than at home. Of those who thought so, nationalities were fairly evenly spread across Europe, including German, Spanish and Turkish. Overall, 80 per cent of students found it very easy or fairly easy to practise their English with the locals.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Clubclass Residential Language School, St Andrews; EC English Language Centre, St Julians; English Language Academy, Sliema; European School of English, St Julians; Institute of English Language Studies, Sliema; Linguatime, Sliema; Link School of Languages, Swieqi; Magister Academy, St Julians; Skylark Mediterranean School of English, Msida; Sprachcaffe International Languages Plus, Pembroke.

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ACQUISITIONS
ELT Acquisitions

AGENTS
EduQuality.net

ASSOCIATIONS
/GROUPS
Asociación Gallega
      de Escuelas de
      Español - (Spain)
Brighton & Hove
      Group (UK)
Capls - Canadian
      Association of
      Private Language
      Schools
CLC - Canada
      Language Council
Education New
      Zealand Trust
Eltasa (South Africa)
English Australia
Feltom (Malta)
Ialc (International)
MEI~Relsa (Ireland)
OLE - Español en
      Andalucía (Spain)
Quality English
      (International)

EXAMINATION BOARDS
Trinity College
      London

INSURANCE
AVI International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority

WORK PLACEMENT COMPANIES
LAF
Work Experience UK

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
English Australia
      Workshop
CEC Network
IHWO Workshop

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
IH Sydney
University of
      Western Australia

CANADA
Académie des
      Langues de Trois-
      Pistoles
Access International
Algonquin College
      Ottawa
Archer Education
      Group
Bodwell College
Capls - Canadian
      Association of
      Private Language
      Schools
CLC - Canada
      Language Council
Carleton University
      Centre for Applied
      Language Studies
College of New
      Caledonia
Conestoga College
CSLI
East Coast School
      of Languages
ELS Language
      Centers
English Language
      Training College
Global Village
      (Australia, Canada,
      USA)
Humber College
IH Vancouver
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
      of Canada
inlingua Vancouver
International
      Language Schools
      of Canada
Intrax English
      Institute
KTC Language
      Centre
Language Studies
      Canada
Lethbridge
      Community College
Malaspina University
      College
Modus Language
      Institute
Mount Royal College
National School of
      Languages
Pacific Language
      Institute
Pacific-Global
      Language Centre
Richmond School
      District # 38
Saint Mary's
      University
Selkirk College
Stewart College of
      Languages
University Canada
      West
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
Vancouver
      Community College
      International
      Education
Vancouver English
      Centre
Vancouver YMCA
      International
      College
Vanwest College
Worldwide
      Language Institute
YMCA Greater
      Montreal
      International
      Language School

CHINA
Mandarin House

ECUADOR
Quito S.I. Spanish
      Institute

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
      of English

Aspect (Australia,
      Canada, England,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, Scotland,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)
Beet Language
      Centre
Bell International
      (Malta, UK)
Berlitz Language
      Centres: Oxford,
      Edinburgh, Bristol,
      Birmingham
Bristol Language
      Centre
Cambridge Academy
      of English
Camp Beaumont
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
      International
College for
      International
      Education
Eastbourne School
      of English
EC Brighton
Eckersley School of
      English
English Centre at
      Hampstead Garden
      Suburb Institute
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
      Hove
English Studio
Excel English
      Language School
Frances King School
      of English
Home Language
      International
      (Argentina,
      Australia, Austria,
      Brazil, Canada,
      Chile, China,
      Czech Republic,
      Denmark, Egypt,
      Finland, France,
      Germany, Holland,
      Hungary, Ireland,
      Italy, Japan, Malta,
      NZ, Norway, Poland,
      Portugal, Russia,
      Spain, Sweden,
      Switzerland, UK,
      USA, Venezuela)
IH Newcastle
International House
      World Organisation
      (Argentina,
      Australia, Canada,
      China, Cuba, Czech
      Republic, Egypt,
      England, France,
      Germany, Hungary,
      Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
      Lithuania, Malaysia,
      Malta, Mexico, New
      Zealand, Poland,
      Portugal, Russia,
      Saudi Arabia,
      South Africa, Spain,
      Switzerland, Turkey,
      UK, Uruguay, USA)
InTuition Languages
      (Australia, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, South America,
      Spain, UK, USA)
LAF
Lake School of
      English
LAL Language and
      Leisure (England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
Languages Out
      There (England,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Spain)
Liverpool School of
      English
London School of
      English
Malvern House
Mountlands
      Language School
Oxford Intensive
      School of English
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
      College
Shane Global
      Language Centres
      (England, New
      Zealand,
      South Africa)
St Giles College,
      Brighton
St Giles Colleges
      (UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Taunton
      International
      Study Centre
University of Sussex
Wayfarer School of
      English (Oxford)
West London
      Business College
Wimbledon School
      of English
Work Experience UK

FRANCE
Accord
BLS - Bordeaux
      Language Studies
EICAR- Paris
      International Film
      School
Institut Linguistique
      Adenet
IH Nice

GERMANY
Carl Duisberg
      Centren
      (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin
IH Berlin - Prolog
Lichtenberg Kolleg
      E.V.

IRELAND
American College
      Dublin
ATC Language &
      Travel
Cork Language
      Centre International
DCU Language
      Services
Dublin School of
      English
Emerald Cultural
      Institute
English Language
      Institute
High Schools
      International
      (England, Australia,
      Canada, Ireland,
      USA)
Linguaviva Centre
MEI~Relsa
Swan Training
      Institute


ITALY
IH - Palermo
IH Team Lingue -
      Lecco-Merate

MALTA
EC - English
      Language Centres
      (England, Malta)
English Language
      Academy
Feltom
IH- Malta-Gozo
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
      Authority
NSTS (Head Office)

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
      Academy
Education New
      Zealand Trust
Languages
      International
Rotorua English
      Language Academy

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
IH Lisbon

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
      Language Centre

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and Activity
      Camps (England,
      Ireland, Scotland,
      Wales)
KBS - Kelvin
      Business School
Live Language

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies -
      Pacific Gateway
      Study Group
Eltasa
Eurocentres Cape
      Town
Good Hope Studies
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town
Interlink School of
      Languages
LAL Cape Town
LAL Durban
Shane Global
      Language Centres -
      Cape Town

SPAIN
Asociación Gallega
      de Escuelas de
      Español - AGAES
Colegio de Español
      La Janda
      - IH La Janda
¿? don Quijote
Enforex Spanish in
      the Spanish World
Escuela de Español
      la Brisa S.L.
Escuela de Idiomas
      Nerja
Escuela
      Internacional
Hispalengua
Instituto
      Mediterráneo Sol s.l.
IH Córdoba
IH San Sebastian -
      Lacunza
IH Sevilla - CLIC
Kingsbrook -
      Spanish for
      Foreigners
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispánico SL
OLE - Español en
      Andalucía
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
Academia Sprach-
      und Lernzentrum.
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)
Eurocentres
      International
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Spain, Switzerland,
      USA)

URUGUAY
IH Montevideo

USA
Academia Language
      School
American Language
      Communication
      Center
Boston School of
      Modern
      Languages
ELS Language
      Centers
Hun School of
      Princeton
IH Portland
Kaplan Educational
      Centers (Canada,
      England, USA)
Oak International
      (Ireland,
      Switzerland, USA)
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California San Diego
University of
      California Santa
      Barbara
University of
      California Santa
      Cruz
Zoni Language
      Centers

WALES
CELTiC (Schools)
      Ltd