Loading

September 2007 issue

Contents
News
Travel News
Agency News
Agency Survey
Feedback
Direction 1
Direction 2
Special Report
Market Report
Course Guide
Spotlight
Destination
City Focus
Status

Contact Point:
Request information from our advertisers

pdf version
To view this page as a pdf file click on this button.

If you do not have Acrobat, you can download it from Adobe for free

Back issues

Status Survey

Link to our site

Get a Free Copy

What are agents?

Calendar of events
Useful links
Language Travel Magazine
11-15 Emerald Street
WC1N 3QL
London, England
T: +44 (0)20 7440 4020
F: +44 (0)20 7440 4033
Pacific Office
T/F: +61 (0)8 9341 1820

Other products


Malta feedback

Malta is becoming increasingly popular with Asian language travellers, as well as with business people and professionals looking to learn English abroad.

Malta feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 81, male 44 (unknown 5) 130
Average age in years: 31.6
Average length of programme in weeks: 7.6
Average number of students in class: 7.4
Average number of hours’ language tuition per week: 22.4
% of students who found their course through an agent: 26
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 57
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 33
% of students who would recommend their school: 92

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (48%)
Asia (22%)
C & E Europe (22%)
Latin America (3%)
Africa (2%)
Unknown (3%)
1. German 12%
2. Japanese 11.5%
3. Korean 9%
3. Italian 9%
3. Russian 9%
6. Czech 8.5%
7. Swiss 6%
8. Spanish 4%
8. Turkish 4%
10. French 3%
10. Belgian 3%

In my class there are... How will you use your Engish in the future?
Too many students (19%)
Too many students of my language (13%)
Too many students from one other countries (6%)
None of these (55%)
Unknown (8%)
Coll. study in Malta (2%)
Coll. study elsewhere (11%)
College study at home (5%)
Current or future work (60%)
For pleasure only (19%)
For pleasure only (3
%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of the teaching
1. II found it on the Internet (42%)
2. It was recommended by an agent (26%)
3. It was recommended by a friend/relative (17%)
4. I saw it advertised (7%)
Unknown (8%)
Excellent (56%)
Good (33%)
Satisfactory (2%)
Poor (1%)
Unsatisfactory (1%)
Unknown (8%)

Standard of your academic programme What is your accomodation while in Malta?
Excellent (18%)
Good (45%)
Satisfactory (15%)
Poor (2%)
Unsatisfactory (1%)
Unknown (19%)
Host family (35%)
Residential/single room (22%)
Residential/dormitory (13%)
Other (28%)
Unknownr(2%)

Standard of your social programme? Standard of your accommodation
Excellent (17%)
Good (35%)
Satisfactory (22%)
Poor (5%)
Unsatisfactory (1%)
Unknown (19%)
Excellent (19%)
Good (33%)
Satisfactory (26%)
Poor (7%)
Unsatisfactory (2%)
Unknown (13%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (57%)
No (36%)
Unknown (7%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (65%)
No (29%)
Unknown (6%)
City/town
Yes (29%)
No (60%)
Unknown (11%)
School
Yes (33%)
No (59%)
Unknown (8%)

Student nationality
Malta is attracting greater numbers of international students from long-haul destinations as evidenced in this year’s Feedback survey. Twenty-two per cent of student respondents were from Asia, compared with 10 per cent last year (see Language Travel Magazine August 2006, pages 22-23), and Japanese was the second-most prevalent nationality, with Koreans following in third place. Western Europe’s share of the market slipped from 61 per cent to 48 per cent this year, and Germans, although still the top nationality in Malta, accounted for only 12 per cent of students, down from 23 per cent in 2006. Interestingly, there were fewer Eastern Europeans this year, with Russians accounting for nine per cent of students, down three percentage points on last year, although Czech students stormed up the rankings to take sixth place this year. Chinese, which accounted for 17 per cent of students in our feedback survey two years ago (see Language Travel Magazine, July 2005, pages 17-18), made up only 1.5 per cent of total students in Malta this year, perhaps indicating that visa issuance is still proving problematic.

Student motivation
There has been a marked change in Malta’s average student profile with a higher proportion of business professionals taking English language courses in the country. This year in-service professionals accounted for 47 per cent of respondents, compared with only 27 per cent last year, and 57 per cent of respondents said they currently used English for work, up from 34 per cent in 2006. This also had an effect on the average age of students, which was up from 26 years in 2006 to 31.6 years in this year’s survey. Another characteristic of the executive market is shorter stays; this year the average length of stay was 7.6 weeks compared with 10.3 weeks last year.

Student enrolment
A majority of students (42 per cent) found out about their school via the Internet, while only 26 per cent first heard of their school from an agent or educational adviser. However, 57 per cent booked their language course through an agent. When we asked students why they had chosen their school, the most frequent answer was that it had been recommended to them by an agent. Other factors included that they had been to the school before and that they were attracted to the school because of a particular language programme it offered.

Standard of the schools
Despite the fact that the average class size was only just over seven students, 19 per cent of respondents indicated that there were too many students in their class. The majority of these were in classes of 10 or more. The Maltese language schools in this year’s survey welcomed 26 different nationalities, however, 16 per cent of respondents agreed that there were too many students of their own nationality, almost half of whom were German.

Living in Malta
Despite the well-documented shortage of host families in Malta (see Language Travel Magazine August 2007, page 41), 35 per cent of students were staying with host families this year compared with 17 per cent last year. A relatively high proportion (28 per cent) gave their accommodation as “other”, most of whom indicated that they were staying in a hotel. This may be linked to the increased number of business people studying in Malta.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Alpha School, St Paul’s Bay; AM Language Studio, Sliema; Chamber College, Gzira; Clubclass Residential Language School, Swieqi; EC English Language Centre, St Julians; European School of English, Paceville; Inlingua Malta, Sliema; Institute of English Language Studies (IELS), Sliema; LAL Malta, Sliema; Linguatime, Sliema; Magister Academy, St Julians; NSTS English Language Institute, Gzira; Skylark, Msida.


Contact any advertiser in the this issue now

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.

Name

Company
Country

Telephone

Email


ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS
Capls Canada
CLC Canada
Eaquals
English Australia
Fedele
Feltom
Ialc
International House
       World Organisation
MEI-Relsa
Perth Education City
Quality English

EXPOS /
WORKSHOPS
Fedele
Ialc
IEFT- International
       Education Fairs
       of Turkey
International House
       World Organisation
WEBA

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd

TOURIST BOARDS
Cyprus Tourist
       Board
Malta Tourism
       Authority

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
Perth Education City
Southbank Institute
       of TAFE

BRAZIL
Diálogo Language
       Schools

CANADA
Bodwell College
Capls Canada
CLC Canada
College of New
       Caledonia
English School
       of Canada
ELS Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)
Eurocentres Canada
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Hansa Language
       Centre of Toronto
ILSC
Language Studies
       Canada
National School of
       Languages
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College
Richmond School
       District # 38
Saint Mary's
       University
Stewart College
       of Languages
University Canada
       West
University of Alberta
University of Victoria
Vancouver
       Community College
Vancouver English
       Centre
Vanwest College
Worldwide
       Language Institute
YMCA Montreal
       International
       Language School
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)

CHINA
Mandarin House

CYPRUS
Cyprus Tourist Board

CZECH REPUBLIC
Global Study
       (Karlov College)

ENGLAND
American
       Intercontinental
       University,
       London
       (Dubai, UK, USA)
Bell International
       (England, Malta)
Bloomsbury
       International
International House
       World
       Organisation
WEBA
Cambridge
       Education Group
Camp Beaumont
Eaquals
English Language
       Centre Brighton
       & Hove
English School
       (Northumbria) Ltd,
       (The)
Globe School
       of English
ILS English Ltd
International
       House World
       Organisation
InterNexus Centre
       for Language
       Studies
Islington Centre
       for English
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
LAF
LAL Language
       and Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Language in London
Language Upon
       Thames
Liverpool
       Community College
Liverpool
       International
       Language
       Academy
London Metropolitan
       University
Malvern House
       College London
Mountlands
       Language School
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Rose of York
       Language School
Saint Peter's School
       of English
Shane Global
       Language Centres
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Tellus Group
Twin Group
       (Ireland, UK)
University
       of Manchester
University of Sussex
West London
       Business College

FRANCE
Alliance Française
       Paris
CIPEL
Lyon Bleu
       International
Institut de Touraine
Institut International
       de Rambouillet
SILC - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
BWS Germanlingua
Carl Duisberg
       Medien GmbH
       (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin
International House
       Berlin - Prolog
Sprachcaffe
       International /
       Languages Plus
       (Australia, Canada,
       Cuba, England,
       France, Germany,
       Italy, Malta, Spain,
       USA)

IRELAND
Alpha College
       of English
American College
       Dublin
       (Ireland, USA)
Dublin City University
       Language
       Services
High Schools
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)
Galway Cultural
       Institute
ISI- International
       Study 65 Institute
       Ireland
MEI-Relsa
Swan Training
       Institute

ITALY
ALCE
IH - Palermo
IH Team Lingue -
       Lecco- Merate

LATVIA
Durbe Ture

MALTA
EC English
       Language Centre
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
English Language
       Academy
Feltom
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority
NSTS

RUSSIA
AMBergh
       Management AB
       (Russia, Ukraine)
Derzhavin Institute
Language Link,
       Russia

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
       Centres and Activity
       Camps (England,
       Ireland, Scotland,
       Wales)
Live Language

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies
EC Cape Town
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

SPAIN
Fedele
International House -
       Spain
Malaca Instituto -
       Club Hispánico
Pamplona Learning
       Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
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)
WEBA

USA
ALCC - American
       Language
       Communication
       Center
California State
       University
       San Marcos
ELS Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)
Global Education
       Services Inc
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
Saint Timothy's
       School
University of
       California Riverside
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
University of Illinois
       at Urbana-
       Champaign
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)



EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AGENTS
Felca

CANADA
Bodwell College
School District # 8
       Kootenay Lake

SCOTLAND
University of Stirling

USA
Lincoln Educational
       Services