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Maltalingua Star Awards – April 2017

Our 2 Stars for April!
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At Maltalingua we’re lucky to have such a great team. From the office staff to the teachers, from the registrars to the activity coordinators and from the principle to the group leaders we’ve got smart, capable and committed staff right through the school.

To show appreciation for all the hard work done by the team, each month we’re going to have 2 special star awards:

Maltalingua Star Teacher of the Month
Maltalingua Star of the Month

In April, we had many strong contenders for each award, but we had to choose only one for each:

Maltalingua Star Teacher of the month: Harriett Bussell-Nguyen

Harriett with her Maltalingua Star Teacher of the Month award

Star Teacher!

Well done Harri! She received some excellent feedback from students recently:

I would like to praise Harriet for being really the best teacher I could have imagined to have. She had really lively, well prepared classes, and I really appreciate we had her as a teacher.

– Ilona Cerna

I liked the familiar and friendly athmosphere at maltalingua. Teaching lessons with Harriette were quite intensive and funny.

– Anonymous

I Love Harri & Toni 😉 

– Anonymous

She also currently doing a great job of studying for her DELTA (an extremely high level of English teaching qualification).

Maltalingua Star of the Month: Marta Szmidt

Marta with her Star of the Month award

Star Staff Member

Well done Marta! She’s made Maltalingua one of the most popular School’s on the Island for Polish students. Her lively personality and dedication to great customer service have been hugely appreciated by all the staff here and all of her clients.

Have you got a favourite staff member at Maltalingua? Leave a comment below to let us know whom!

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Merry Christmas from Maltalingua

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We might not get any snow in Malta, but people here certainly now how to enjoy the holiday season. All the towns and villages are covered in Christmas lights and there’s a real feeling of festive cheer across the islands.

Last week we had our annual Maltalingua School of English Christmas party. Lots of the staff, teachers and English language students joined in the fun and a good time was had by all. We had our staff party that evening and it got a little bit wild in the best possible way. There was even an epic dance battle between Jonathan and Katrin, and Brian and Toni!

The staff here at Maltalingua would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!

We would also like to say thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 such a great year at Maltalingua. That’s why we made a little video slideshow of out favourite memories from 2016. The staff, teachers, students, host families, agents and all really helped to make 2016 our best year yet!

Here’s hoping that we can make 2017 even better!

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Happy Halloweens at Maltalingua

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At Maltalingua Halloween is a great time of year. Our team certainly aren’t shy and really enjoy dressing up in some crazy costumes.

We love to have some spooky fun, doing things like carving pumpkins and going to fancy dress parties. Check out the photos!

Last year we made this short video of students and staff trying to say a fiendishly difficult Halloween themed tongue twister: 

 

If you want to try it yourself, here’s it is:

Which wicked witch wished which wicked wish.

Here are another two you could try:

Ghoulish goblins and gargoyles going golfing.

Special spiders slowly spin slick slimy webs.

We’re looking forward to another super spooky weekend of Halloween fun this year. We might even challenge our students to try another wicked tongue twister :)

If you’re thinking about joining us this Halloween, why not get a quick quote?

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Online Video Lessons #9 – Grammar and Vocabulary

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Jonathan and Danielle worked hard last week to bring you 5 more great Maltalingua lesson videos. This week we have a mix of grammar and vocabulary. The lessons are about prepositions, prefixes, ‘have’/’have got’, ‘few’/’little’ and advanced phrases for ‘too much’.

You can always find many more lesson videos on our YouTube channel. Remember to like share and subscribe!

Elementary: Prepositions of Place – English Grammar Lesson

Elementary English lesson videos on YouTube.

 

Pre-Intermediate: ‘Have’ vs ‘Have Got’ – English Grammar Lesson

Pre-Intermediate English lesson videos.

 

Intermediate: Little/Few – English Grammar Lesson

We have lots more Intermediate level videos on YouTube.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Prefixes – English Vocabulary Lesson

Check out our Upper Intermediate level playlist.

 

Advanced: Phrases to Describe ‘Too Much’ – English Vocabulary Explanation

Find all out out Advanced level lesson videos here

We love comments! If you’ve got any questions or if you just want to say ‘hi’, leave a comment below.

 

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Online Video Lessons #8 – Adjectives, punctuation and more

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Last week our YouTube channel reached 150 subscribers so Danielle and Jonathan wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who watched, liked, shared and subscribed!

 

Now, here are this week’s English lesson videos. We have three lessons about adjectives, one about punctuation and one about present perfect vs past simple.

Elementary: Adjectives to Describe Food – English Vocabulary Explanation

More elementary lesson videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Describing Weather – English Vocabulary Lesson

Watch all our Pre-Intermediate English lesson videos here.

 

Intermediate: Present Perfect vs Past Simple – English Grammar Lesson

You can find all of our Intermediate level English video tutorials in this playlist.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Punctuation Revision – English Grammar Lesson

Go to our YouTube channel to watch all our our Upper Intermediate level English tutorials.

 

Advanced: Confused Adjectives – English Vocabulary Explanation

Check out our playlist of advanced level English lesson videos.

Have you got any questions or feedback for us? Leave a comment below! We love it when people leave comments!

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Online Video Lessons #7 – Greetings, articles, magic and more

online English lessons with CELTA qualified teachers.
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Hello everyone! We have 5 great new videos this week including differences between UK and US English, and a lesson with a professional magician! You can also learn how to use English grammar articles, greet people and write formally and informally.

We love it when people like, share videos, and subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua

Elementary: Greetings – English Functional Language Explanation

Watch all our elementary videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Greetings – English Functional Language Explanation

We have a lot more Pre-Intermediate level videos. You can watch them here.

 

Intermediate: Magic with Eddy – English Vocabulary Lesson

Do you want to watch more intermediate level videos? Then go to our playlist.

 

Upper-Intermediate: US vs UK – English Vocabulary Lesson

Watch all of our Upper Intermediate videos on YouTube.

 

Advanced: Writing Styles – English Vocabulary Explanation

We have a collection of advanced level videos that you can find in our playlist.

Have you got any questions or feedback for us? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Online Video Lessons #6 – Grammar, Vocabulary and Romance!

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This week we have another 5 brand new English video lessons. As usual we have one for each of the 5 main English language levels.

If you like, share and subscribe on YouTube, you’ll make us very happy!

You can visit our channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua

Elementary: ‘This’, ‘That’, ‘These’ and ‘Those’ – English Grammar Lesson

More elementary videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Adjectives ‘ed’ & ‘ing’ – English Vocabulary Lesson

See all of our Pre-Intermediate level videos..

 

Intermediate: Present Perfect for Past Experience – English Grammar Lesson

Check out our Intermediate lesson playlist!

 

Upper-Intermediate: Improving Vocabulary – English lesson

We have loads more Upper-Intermediate level videos. Watch them here.

 

Advanced: Describing a Date – English Functional Language Lesson

If you want to watch more of our advanced level videos, click here.

Leave a comment. Ask us questions, tell us your opinion or just say ‘hi’!

 

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Online English Lesson Videos #3 – More Grammar!

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This week we’ve got 5 new English grammar lesson videos for you! Watch and learn :)

We have lots more lesson videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua
Subscribe to the channel to be kept up-to-date with all our latest videos.

Elementary: Comparative Adjectives – English Grammar Lesson

Watch more Elementary level videos here.

 

Pre-Intermediate: ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ – English Grammar Lesson

Find more Pre-Intermediate level videos here.

 

Intermediate: Second Conditional – ‘Must’ and ‘Have to’-English Grammar Lesson

You can watch more of our Intermediate level videos here.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Adjective Order – English Grammar Lesson

To watch more Upper Intermediate level videos click here.

 

Advanced: Conditionals Review – ‘Wish’ and ‘If Only’ for Past Regrets – English Grammar Lesson

If you’d like to see more of our Advanced level videos, please click here.

And if you have any questions, or you’d like to say ‘hi’, please leave a comment below. We love comments!

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English Royal Family to visit Malta November 2015

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Malta has a very, very special family of guests heading to our shores this coming November. The British Royal family are coming to Malta in November for the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The Queen will be accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her two youngest grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Then Princess Elizabeth and then Prince Philip lived for a brief period in Malta in 1949

The CHOGM is an opportunity for leaders of Commonwealth countries to come together and discuss important issues and events. It gives them the chance to try to find common ground and address these issues and events with a united purpose.

This year the theme of the CHOGM is “Adding Global Value”. The leaders hope to make progress towards creating a commonwealth where all young people have the chance to live “a life of liberty, dignity and prosperity.”

The visit will be the monarch’s return to CHOGM after she missed the last meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2013 – the first meeting she was unable to attend in 40 years.

The occasion has been further talked up due to the fact that almost the entire immediate royal family (albeit Prince Harry who is unable to attend due to being on duty) will be on the island at the same time, travelling together. This means security will be at its highest levels.

Malta is a special place for the Queen and Prince Philip. They lived here in their early married life between 1949 and 1951, when Elizabeth was a princess and Prince Philip was an officer in the Mediterranean Fleet.

Previously, Queen Elizabeth visited Malta in May 1954, November 1967, May 1992,  November 2005 (when Malta hosted CHOGM for the first time) and in November 2007 when she came here on what was called her ‘second honeymoon’ – marking the 60th anniversary of her marriage.

The Maltese are very strong admirers of the Royal Family and will certainly be out in the thousands to greet the Queen and her family. The exact time and date of the meeting haven’t been released yet, but it’s sure to be a great spectacle with a historic atmosphere.

Are you going to be at Maltalingua in November? Will you try to catch a glimpse of the Royal family? Let us know in the comments section below. We love it when our students get in touch!

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Useful expressions – Negotiating

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The following expressions look at different aspects of negotiating.

Outlining points for discussion:

What we need to decide on today is

Let’s look at what our options are.

Putting forward proposals:

How about we…?

What I propose is…

Stating consequences:

We’d…, if we did that.

Unless we…

Bargaining:

I could offer…

Provided you…

Reaching agreement:

I can live with that.

Summarizing the situation:

So, a quick recap…

Complete this extract from a meeting about negotiating an annual staff trip.

Anton: What we need to (1______) on today is what to do for the staff trip. Let’s look at what our (2______) are.

Carolina: (3______) about we charter a plane to Morocco for a weekend?

Anton: We do have that on our list of options, but (4______) need to stretch the budget if we did that.

Carolina: Yes, you’re right. Bob, how does HR view things? What can you (5______) us?

Bob: Well, the worker’s council always offers a staff trip – so we can’t stop this – but what we (6______) is it should be educational as well as entertaining.

Anton: You mean, (7______) we include something cultural we can choose any of our suggestions?

Bob: Yes. Let’s say you take the Morocco option. (8______) you offer excursions to places of interest as part of the package, HR might veto the whole trip.

Carolina: OK. We can (9______) with that and would organize the trip to comply with HR’s wishes.

Anton: So, a quick (10______) – if …

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