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Malta Feedback

The standard of teaching continued to impress students that opted to study English on the Mediterranean island of Malta this year. Increasing the nationality intake was also a highlight for schools.

Malta Feedback at a glance

Total number of students: (female 47, male 30, unknown 1) 78
Average age in years: 27
Average length of programme in weeks: five
Average number of students in class: eight
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 19
% of students who found out about their course through an agent: 20
% of students who booked through an agent or advisor: 50
% of students who had been on another language programme: 36
% of students who would recommend their school: 95

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
1. W Europe 60%
2. C & E Europe 27%
3. Latin America 6%
4. Asia 3%
5. Middle East 1%
5. N America 1%
No reply 2%
1. Spanish 21%
2. Italian 14%
3. German 13%
4. French 9%
4. Russian 9%
6. Ukrainian 5%
7. Brazilian 4%
7. Serbian 4%
7. Turkish 4%
10. Japanese 2%

In my class there are... How easy is it to practise your language skills with native speakers?
1. The right amount of students (58%)
2. Too many students who speak my language 20%
3. Too many students from one other country 15%
4. Too many students 6%
No reply 1%
1. Quite easy (55%)
2. Very easy (26%)
3. Quite hard (17%)
4. Very hard (2%)

How did you find your programme? Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
1. I found it on the Internet (41%)
2. Recommended by a friend/ relative (28%)
1. Recommended by an advisor (20%)
4. I saw it advertised 10%
No reply 1%
Yes (50%)
No (44%)
Unknown (6%)

Student reasons for school selection included:
“The school is situated in a nice area and the teachers are good”
“Good location. I can spend my spare time at the beach”
“Good accommodation”
“I could study with my daughter”
“It offered an excellent academic programme”
“Price, number of students per class, situation”

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Yes (73%)
No (26%)
Unknown (1%)

Yes (41%)
No (59%)
Yes (35%)
No (61%)
Unknown (4%)

Student nationality
There was greater diversity of students at Maltese language schools this year with 20 different nationalities present, compared with the 13 documented in our 2010 survey (see LTM, October 2010, pages 34-35). Countries such as Belarus, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and Iran were all represented, albeit marginally, but this trend suggests that Malta is continuing to grow as an ELT destination. Western Europe continues to supply a bulk of all students to the Maltese English language teaching market, with 60 per cent of all students hailing from this world region this year, down seven percentage points on last year. While the top three nationalities, all of which were Western European, remained unchallenged, there did appear to be a small influx of French students (nine per cent), a nationality that did not poll in 2010 at all. Central Eastern European domiciles increased slightly this year, up eight percentage points to 27 per cent. Russian, Ukrainian and Serbian students were among the most numerous.

Student motivation
As evidenced in our 2010 and 2009 surveys, students that choose to study English in Malta typically favour short-term courses. This year was no exception with course length averaging just five weeks, compared with 3.4 weeks in 2010 and 4.8 weeks in 2009. Students were enrolled on language courses lasting anywhere between one and 25 weeks. A greater proportion of respondents fell into the university or college student occupational grouping (37 per cent, compared with 40 per cent previously). The second most common occupational group was the employed professional (22 per cent). Eighty per cent of the student sample acknowledged that they presently used English in a work or study capacity already. Nearly half said they intended to use their new skills in current or future work going forward.

Student enrolment
Fewer students found out about their school via the Internet this year, 41 per cent compared with 51 per cent. Instead, more students first learnt of their school via a friend or relative (28 per cent compared with 19 per cent). Half the sample booked a language course directly via a study advisor, 12 percentage points more than last year.

Standard of the schools
Class sizes averaged eight students per class and most (58 per cent) agreed that this was just the right amount. Most were happy with the nationality mix also, however, 20 per cent did note that there were too many students that spoke the same language as them, 38 per cent of whom were Spanish. And a further 15 per cent commented that they thought there were too many students from one other country. Students were extremely complimentary about teaching staff, with 94 per cent rating the teaching standard either excellent or good. An impressive 95 per cent of students said they would happily recommend their school to others, a marked improvement on the 89 per cent of students recorded previously.

Living in Malta
With a majority of the sample representing Western Europe it is perhaps unsurprising that most students (52 per cent) found the cost of living to be similar to that of their home country. Interestingly, average spend per week – e372 (US$528) – for a language course plus accommodation, was cheaper this year than last. Practising English with the locals was found to be easy or very easy by 81 per cent of students.

Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey: Alpha School of English, St. Paul’s Bay; BELS, St. Paul’s Bay; Chamber College, Gzira; Clubclass Residential Language School, Swieqi; English Language Academy, Sliema; Global Village, St Paul’s Bay; International House Malta-Gozo, various; NSTS, Gzira; Sprachcaffe Languages Plus, Pembroke; inlingua, Sliema.
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