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A Trip to Valletta with Maltalingua

Valletta Trip
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Article written by: Danilo Plüss (Maltalingua Student)

On Wednesday, June the 11th, we visited Valletta. The activity was organized by Mariella our English teacher and tour guide. We met up at Giuseppe in St. Julians and while we waited for the bus we had a cold beer :)

The driver arrived at 15:15 at Giuseppe and full of expectations of Valletta, we get on the bus. The driver will bring us safely through the traffic to Valletta. As we arrived Mariella showed us the first building while talking about the history of Malta. This was the palace of the Prime Minister. Then she led us to the fortress town and explaining various buildings – of course in English!

Malta’s capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and economic heart of the islands. Valletta was named after its founder, the Grand Master of the Order of St John, Jean Parisot de la Valette and it is situated near the two deep harbours Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. It only took 15 years to build all of Valletta with all the forts and cathedrals.

The most impressive for me was the view of the ports of Birgu, Bormla and Isla.

After nearly three hours walking through Valletta and another cold beer in a street café we left satisfied and with a lot of historical knowledge and beautiful memories to take home with me.

In all, a perfect day with Maltalingua!

Danilo

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Malte in Malta – English, crazy drivers, rocky beaches and my school

Malte in Malta
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My first day. I came from 6 degree cold Hamburg to 35 degree hot Malta. After a few minutes of waiting for another student, our taxi driver brought us to our apartments. In Malta, for us “normal” Europeans, the Maltese drive on the wrong side, but not my driver. He drove wherever it was free of cars, on both sides. After three heart attacks, I was by the door of my apartment. The apartment is very big and is in a good position (I can see the sea from my balcony). Other things that shocked me were the beaches. The rocky beaches are nice too, but after a while lying there, you get back problems!

For all the people who want to visit Malta, I suggest you go to Golden Bay, it’s wonderful to lie on the warm sand and drink a cold drink, like a Maltese beer called Cisk, and eat some watermelon. However if you want my advice, don’t drink Kinnie (local soft drink), it’s horrible! But now back to the apartment and my school. My nice apartment is next to many restaurants, the reason why I’m getting fat. My school is 4 minutes and 20 crazy Maltese car drivers away. The best things at school are the pool on the roof and the breaks. I like all the teachers I had and I have improved my English very much. I also like the organization staff, who plan very good activities for the students like dinner in an old Maltese restaurant or playing soccer. And they help you to organize your own things, like the football match in my first blog. Now, it’s October, I can still swim in the sea. If I go in the sea back in Germay this time, I will die of hypothermia. I can lie on the beach here and relax after a fun day at school. I can remember my first time in Paceville, after a Pub crawling tour with a teacher from our school (James). Paceville is a place, that you either love or hate. But I don’t want to speak about Paceville, because you must see this for yourself and build your own opinion.

Malta has a lot of places you must see, like azure window in Gozo or the blue grotto or Popeye village. However I will write about places of interests in my next blog.

See you soon on Malta.

Malte

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Malta experience report by our student Cedric Purr

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Malta the little big planet!

I just stayed 5 weeks in Malta, but honestly it was amazing. Even if Malta is such a small island, it was the right decision to practise my English in this country.  There are so many different aspects why I would come back to this wonderful place. Firstly the weather is one of the main reasons. In 5 weeks there was not any rain. The sun was shining every day, while I was laying on the beach under the royal blue sky.

But there is not just the sea. It is also allowed to swim in the school pool of Maltalingua. I had a lot of fun especially every Monday when the directors and the teachers just wanted to swim.

There were also the English lessons with my teachers Katrin, Mariella and Ilene. At the first day I had to show my fantastic skills   in a kind of test. So you can find out your English level. My level was B2, so Katrin was my teacher in the morning. First every student was very quiet, but our teacher tried to speak to every student. So I had not any chance!

Speaking is a very important point in that small language school. Therefore it is very easy to find new friends and meet interesting people from all over the world. We were like a big community or family (also the teacher). In fact the school is very small, but especially this fact is a big advantage of Maltalingua. You are not just a number of many people …you are the number! The number ONE! While I stayed in Malta I knew every person from the school.

Back to the topic! In the lessons there are not only discussions. We also took a view on grammar or pronunciation. We worked in teams or pairs and had a lot of fun.

When the sun goes down, Malta shows its nightlife. I remember really funny karaoke nights with Yutaka, Dino, Katrin, Michael, Susanne, Michaela, Tess and many other people. After karaoke we usually went to the clubs and bars. And after that to McDonalds. That was incredible!!!

All in all there are too many places you have to visit. Comino and the blue lagoon was a highlight, the different beaches and Valletta were also great. But there are much more interesting places I did not visit. So I have to come back someday. Thanks everyone for such a great time. I am still missing my Maltese family. See you soon.

Student details

Name: Cedric Purr
Study time:
5 weeks (July/August 2012)
Course:
General English Intensive (30 lessons per week)
English level (at start of course):
Upper Intermediate (B2)
English level (at end of course):
Advanced (C1+)

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My experience with Maltalingua Language School – by Dino Jansen

Dino Jansen
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A Maltalingua student interview by Katrin Risiott (EFL Teacher)

Was this your first time studying English abroad?
In the past, I have studied English abroad, but this was the first time I studied English in Malta, and it was also the first time I had English lessons at a very small school. It was a very different experience at Maltalingua.  I really liked the methods of teaching and was able to practise English in every class.
What were your expectations of Malta?

I had the idea that Malta was a very tiny island, but there are many things to do and I regret not seeing more of it. Also, I never expected students to be so interested in learning a language, especially in summer! I was very surprised that people took their lessons seriously. I am not saying that nobody partied, but most of us found time for everything.

What did you think of the school?
Maltalingua is a very small school and it is easy for students to get to know everybody there. At first I was shocked, as I had expected it to be much bigger, but I soon realised that this was a good thing. I felt like part of the Maltalingua family, with the students and also the members of staff.

How would you describe your experience in class?
On the whole, I think that the lessons were very good. I like the idea of having different teachers throughout the whole day. This helped me understand the English language better, through different teachers with different teaching techniques. The students and teachers were very friendly.

What did you learn?
I learned that I don’t need to translate words into German and to use examples. I also learned a lot of new expressions in English. I think my pronunciation has improved a little bit too and I am surprised that I am now able to understand people who speak English with different accents.
I also think that sharing an apartment with other students was really good. I tried to speak English as much as possible and I made friends with people from different countries. The Maltalingua teachers and staff also helped me to improve at the school and in the social activities.

Did you join any of the school activities during your stay?
Yes I think I attended most of them. I particularly enjoyed the football match. It was originally planned to take place on the beach but some of us took this game very seriously and Michael, the Director booked a football pitch.
Another Maltese event I really liked was the Festa in Msida. I never expected to make friends with Maltese people, but I did. They are friendly and very open-minded people.
The activity I enjoyed the most was karaoke. I will always remember the students and teachers singing together! I will always remember the great times I had with other students from Maltalingua, the teachers and members of staff there and a Maltese family, my new family in Malta.

What other things do you think helped you improve your English?
I think the karaoke sessions helped me a lot along with listening to English songs also watching movies in English.  I tried to learn new words everyday and practise with friends as much as possible.

What will you most remember about Malta and Maltalingua?
I have many memories to cherish. I have made friends with many people from different places. I also have a good impression of Malta, so much so that I want to visit it again.

Student details

Name: Dino Jansen
Age: 20
Nationality: German
Study time: 5 weeks (July/August 2012)
Course: General English Intensive (30 lessons per week)
English level (at start of course): Upper Intermediate (B2)
English level (at end of course): Advanced (C1+)

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