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The Best of 2012 – Thank you everyone for a great year!

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Memorable

After arriving in Malta at the start of March 2012, Malta has given memories that shall be cherished for many years to come.  Not only was it about moving from London to a new country, it was about being part of a team to start a brand new project and open the latest English Language School, called Maltalingua.

In the space of a few weeks, we managed to complete all of the finer details which had been in preparation since January.  The school was ready, we had the desks and chairs, the books had been delivered and our teachers had been recruited, and we were eagerly awaiting our first arrivals.

Atmosphere

On 2 April 2012 we warmly welcomed our first students through the door.  Now the school had come alive, and since then more than 500 students from more than 15 different countries have studied at Maltalingua.  Some have chosen General English, other have preferred Business English and those looking to study at university abroad have taken our IELTS Preparation course.  However, the one thing that they have all shared is the vibrant community.

Students are invited to taste Maltese food at the weekly welcome party on the rooftop by our private pool, and take part in the social activities programme, including sports, culture and evening activities, all in the company of our teachers.  Perhaps some of the most memorable have been the fireworks in Valletta and the melodic sounds of the karaoke night in St Julians with over 50 students and teachers!

Location

Maltalingua is situated in St Julians, which is arguably the most popular destination for English Language students in the Maltese Islands.  With over 300 days of sunshine and approximately 70,000 English language students arriving in Malta every year, it has been a pleasure to experience the Maltese atmosphere from such a great location.

Not only that, the school is based in a traditional and charming Maltese building with character and personality.  The building has been tastefully renovated to offer modern classrooms, and as the school has grown, the classrooms and the facilities have improved too, including the addition of a self-study room and a library.

Teaching

At Maltalingua we have developed a detailed teaching programme with the latest materials. However, the credit for our students’ classroom experience must also be given to our staff.  We are fortunate to have a great team of qualified teachers, who care about the students and provide the opportunity for them to develop and practise their language skills in a welcoming environment.  They have received a lot of good feedback and some are still in touch with previous students, and the memory lives on.

And next…

After an amazing first year, we have welcomed 2013 with open arms, with new goals, new ambitions and the same enthusiasm.  Perhaps some of the most exciting projects are the addition of two more classrooms to our school in St Julians and the introduction of the brand new junior programme (aged 12-17) which is due to start in March.

We would like to express our gratitude to previous students for choosing Maltalingua and look forward to welcoming them and new students in the future.

Michael Brewster

Director of StudiesLaughing

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School activity: Let’s get quizzical

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Studying at home, alone, after a day of lessons at Maltalingua is highly useful but definitely boring especially for those who like to socialise. Maltalingua’s leisure team tries to hit two birds with one stone: combining fun events with academic activities.

There are many activities that go down well with our students. Karaoke and the Monday Munchies (which is a welcome party for new students and a get-together for students already in Malta) are the top two. Many people prefer a relaxed evening and a conversation over a drink or two in a quiet bar or restaurant. It is a great way for practicing English, although conversations tend to be limited. This is why we decided to create an event that stimulates enthusiastic arguments and conversations, in a relaxed atmosphere, so a regular quiz night found its way on our social calendar.

Preparation is the key for anything that needs to be done, but especially for an activity such as this. Thanks to encyclopaedias and search engines on the internet, I managed to compile two quizzes of 25 questions each and another quiz of 50 questions. I must admit it was quite fun for me to make up the questions. Rather ask, than answer!  But I tried to find interesting questions about topics that not only everybody knows about, but also encourage students to discuss in English, thus practicing the language in an enjoyable way. The quiz includes questions about music and general knowledge amongst other topics. Questions related to music are definitely popular, however many students argue about questions related to history and science. This is where the competitive streak shines through the students.

Students often contradict each other, making the event more colourful and vivacious. Some are louder than others and most of the time the atmosphere can easily be compared to a sports arena. It is entertaining, I must say. Students express themselves in ways they themselves never thought possible and this goes to show how a friendly relaxed atmosphere can bring out the best in people.

Sometimes I find it hard not to laugh when opinions vary but everybody wants to be the one with the right answer, even when the right answer is the wrong one, while the presumed wrong answer is the right one. It may sound confusing, I must admit that it sometimes is, but this doesn’t take away the entertainment that a quiz night makes.

So! Silence please and on for the first question: Penny, Lucy, Eleanor and Jude are names of women a particular band loves to sing about. Which band is this? Is it a) The Rolling Stones, b) The Darkness, c) The Beatles or is it d) The Who?

written by Katrin Risiott

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