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July 2006 issue

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English plus sports in Malta

Growing demand for English plus sports programmes has encouraged language schools in Malta to develop courses that combine English with anything from fencing to dancing or water polo. We provide a guide to a selection of programmes available in this sector and find out more about what is offered.

Thanks to its great climate and the fact that it is made up of three islands with plenty of wonderful beaches, Malta has always been a popular destination for watersports, particularly diving. The proliferation of English plus diving programmes has therefore been a rather natural development in the country’s English language teaching market.

“Since Malta is a popular destination for diving, we had several enquiries from students wishing to take a diving course during their stay,” explains David Meadley, Marketing and Admissions Manager at Gateway International School of English in San Gwann. As a result, two years ago, the school set up its English plus diving programmes, which are pitched at various levels of diving competence and usually result in a PADI certificate.

According to many English language schools in the country, interest in English plus sports programmes is growing, which has led many providers to widen the range of sports options on offer. For example, the English Academy in Sliema added English plus windsurfing to its range of programmes as a result of student demand, and Linguatime School of English in Sliema expanded its portfolio to include horse riding and fencing. “We had a great demand for sports activities – something other than diving, especially in the winter months – so we thought of combining these courses, which is very successful,” explains Lisa Audino, Linguatime’s Marketing Manager.

To set itself apart from other schools, Melita Language School (MLS) in Birkirkara recently launched English plus football and English with dance, as a strategy to boost student numbers at the school. “We think that these programmes might help the school to recruit more students as they are rather innovative on our island,” states Sandra Hammett, Head of MLS.

One of the most established schools in this sector is Magister Academy in St Julians - not surprising as the school’s General Director, Paul Fenech, used to be Malta’s national basketball coach. The school offers courses in all types of sports, including basketball, football, volleyball, handball, table tennis, badminton and cycling. “The lessons all take place in the morning and the sports programme is tailor-made to suit the specific requirements of the clients,” explains Fenech.

He believes that the sports component of a language programme can greatly enhance the language learning experience, as “people from different cultures speak the same language on the field of play”. He adds, “The students learn English that enhances the specialised sports vocabulary relative to their field of interest.” Another advantage of undertaking a combined English plus sports programme, according to Joanna Vella from the International School of English at the University of Malta, is that it can help students “get to know other people”.

As to student nationality profile, the appeal of English plus sports programmes is almost universal. Meadley reports that their English plus diving programme is most popular with Russians and Eastern Europeans, although enquiries are growing from Germany and Italy. Other schools report high demand for sports combinations from Japan and Scandinavia. With interest in such programmes growing, coupled with the innovations of the language schools themselves, the English plus sports niche will surely continue to be a winner for Malta.

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Company
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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Acpet
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - AGAES
Education New
       Zealand Trust
English Australia
English UK
MEI-Relsa
Quality English
Turlingua -
       Consortium of
       Language
       Travel and Tourism

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
ACPET
Alphe
       Workshops/LTM
       Star Awards
ICEF

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
       Authority
SERVICES
Language Travel
       Phonecard

AUSTRALIA
Acpet
English Australia
Sydney West
       International College

BRAZIL
Central de
       Intercâmbio
       - Come 2 Brazil
IDIOMA Escola de
       Português
STB - Student Travel
       Bureau - Inbound

CANADA
Access International

CHINA
Mandarin House

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)
Bristol Language
       Centre
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
       International
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
English Language
       Centre Brighton &
       Hove
English UK
Excel English
       Language School

Frances King
       School of English
King Street College
Lake School of
       English
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Languages Out
       There (England,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Spain)
London School of
       English
Malvern House
Mountlands
       Language School
Oxford Brookes
       University
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
St Giles Colleges
       (UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
University of
       Sheffield (England)
West London
       Business College
Wimbledon School
       of English

GERMANY
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Cork Language
       Centre International
Linguaviva Centre
MEI-Relsa

MALTA
International English
       Language Centre
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority
NSTS

MONACO
Home Language
       International
       (Argentina,
       Australia, Austria,
       Brazil, Canada,
       Chile, China,
       England, France,
       Germany, Holland,
       Italy, Japan, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Portugal, Russia,
       Spain, USA)

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

POLAND
York School

RUSSIA
Language Link,
       Russia
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies -
       Pacific Gateway
       Study Group
Interlink School of
       Languages
International House
       - Durban
Jeffrey's Bay
       Language Centre
South African
       School of English

SPAIN
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - AGAES
Hispalengua
Kingsbrook -
       Spanish for
       Foreigners
Pamplona Learningn
       Spanish Institute
Turlingua -
       Consortium of
       Language Travel
       and Tourism

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
California State
       University
       Northridge
California State
       University
       San Marcos
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
University of
       California Santa
       Cruz
University of
       Houston
University of
       Nebraska at Omaha
Zoni Language
       Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AUSTRALIA
St Paul's
       International School

CANADA
Richmond School
       District #38

ENGLAND
Oxford Brookes
       University

SCOTLAND
University of
       Glasgow

USA
Xincon Technology
       School