English courses in Malta
Full information about the different English courses in Malta offered by English language schools.
Learn English in Malta
Malta is a small island country which, despite its small size, has become one of the top destinations for English language learning. There are currently around offering English language courses to students from all over the world. Malta’s schools offer a wide variety of English courses for all ages: children, teenagers and adults.
Malta is a former British colony and is still an English-speaking country. A full immersion in Malta will allow you to quickly improve your English, make new friends and discover a new culture. Thousands of foreign students choose to study English in Malta, combining language learning with the advantages of a Mediterranean climate.
The different English courses in Malta offered by schools
English courses in Malta are built to international standards. What’s more, English language schools in Malta have a wide variety of courses in terms of duration, intensity for all ages and levels, and we can help you find the course that best suits your needs and objectives.
General English course
The General English course, also known as GE20, is the most popular learning format for students in Malta. Whatever the school, it corresponds to a programme of 20 lessons of 45 minutes per week or 15 hours of English lessons per week. Classes are held in small groups of 10 to 15 students, depending on the school.
Intensive General English Course
The General English Intensive course, also known as GE30, has the same format as the General English course, but with more class hours. Whatever the school, the Intensive or GE30 corresponds to 30 lessons of 45 minutes per week or 22.30 hours of English lessons per week. The courses are taught in small groups of 10 to 15 students, depending on the school, and are divided between morning and afternoon.
Business English is a course taught in small groups and is designed to improve your English for professional purposes. Business English develops the language skills to succeed in the business world and is designed for professionals who need to use English in their work or take their career to the next level.
English exam preparation course
Exam preparation courses are designed to prepare students who wish to take an English language exam in order to achieve a high score. It is possible to prepare for the most popular certification exams such as TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge. Some Maltese schools are also examination centres and allow you to take the test at the end of your preparation.
English courses for young learners
English courses for children and teenagers are available for students aged 8 to 17 during the main European school holidays. Students are divided by age group and level of English. The junior courses also have the special feature of including an activity programme to keep students constantly busy.
The courses +
The courses + are English language courses offered by some schools in Malta and are only open to students of a minimum age. Depending on the school, some courses are accessable to students over 30, 40 or 50 years of age. This course format allows adult students to integrate more easily.
* The price of English courses in Malta varies greatly depending on the school, the number of weeks booked and seasonality.
English language schools apply a supplement in the high season months (June, July, August and September).
Duration of English courses in Malta
Travelling to Malta to study English is motivated by the desire to achieve rapid progress in Shakespeare’s language. But how long does it really take to learn English in Malta?
Depending on the individual’s learning ability, learning time may vary. However, it is generally considered that 6-8 weeks of General English classes are needed to reach a certain level of language proficiency. Depending on your starting level and your objective, it will be easy for you to assess the number of weeks that your English course in Malta should theoretically take.
It is possible to study English in Malta for a wide range of durations, from a short week to 36 weeks (9 months). From 8 weeks (2 months) courses are considered long term, the weekly fee is automatically lower. Courses are available from 12 weeks (3 months).
How do English courses in Malta work?
All schools operate in a similar way. Each enrolled student must take a placement test, which is usually taken online or on the first day of class. In addition, an oral placement test is given on the first day of class. The test assesses the student’s fundamental knowledge of English (writing, reading, listening and speaking). Once the student’s level has been determined, he/she will be assigned to a level class. The student then participates in English classes in a class with students of an equivalent language level.
All schools in Malta offer 45-minute English lessons (except EF Malta). Courses are held throughout the year in Malta and start every Monday. Depending on the school and the type of course, the student will be in a class of no more than 15 students, with an average of 10-12 students per class. Classes are held in multicultural classrooms, the mix of nationalities ensures multicultural diversity and promotes the use of English for communication.
Language level and progression
All language schools in Malta conduct regular tests to assess each student’s level of English. Regular assessments allow progress to be monitored at the end of each week. When a student moves up to a higher level, he/she automatically changes classes to be with students of a higher level. Therefore, the student is constantly with students with more or less the same level of English.
Beginner English Level
You understand simple sentences, can introduce yourself, ask for and give basic personal information.
Elementary English Level
You can talk about your habits and routines, make simple sentences. However, communication is limited to simple and predictable topics.
Intermediate English level
You can briefly justify your opinions or explain your plans in a limited way. You can also understand simple conversations if spoken slowly and clearly.
Upper Intermediate English Level
You can understand the main content of complex texts on different subjects. You can communicate spontaneously and express yourself on a variety of subjects.
Advanced English Level
You can understand complex texts and can express yourself fluently. You can also write clear, correct and detailed texts on complex subjects.
Proficiency English level
It is a level where you can compare yourself with a native speaker. As a result, you can express yourself spontaneously, correctly and very fluently. You are also able to understand with ease practically everything you hear or read.
Questions about English courses in Malta
How can I book an English course in Malta?
It is possible to book an English courses in Malta directly with the chosen school or by contacting us. As a partner of the schools in Malta, our service is free of charge for our students and we take care of the follow-up of the students from enrolment to the last day of the course.
How can I pay for my English course in Malta?
The payment is always made to the selected school. For your booking to be effective, you generally need to confirm it by making a deposit to the school of between 200 euros by bank transfer or credit card and the balance at least 14 days before arrival.
When do English courses in Malta start?
Courses start every Monday, so we need to coordinate your travel itinerary so that you can arrive, get settled and ready to start that day. Similarly, if you take the school’s accommodation, arrivals and departures are on Saturdays or Sundays departing on the same day.
Are there English courses in Malta for adults?
All schools offer courses for adults. Students are usually grouped by level and age, but there are also programmes for the over-30s, over-40s and over-50s.
Are there English courses in Malta for children?
Most schools offer programmes aimed at children or adolescents.
How can I contact Maltadvice if I have a problem?
We are based in Malta and meet with each student during their stay. You can also contact your educational advisor by phone or Whatsapp if you have any questions or problems during your stay.