To speak English in this day and age is to have access to a world of possibility that no other language can provide. In fact, more than 3 million people speak English, and over 50 countries either have English as an official language or as a primary language.
For these and other reasons, teaching jobs in Malta is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
Malta as a Popular EFL Destination
English language studies is a booming industry that is taking the world by storm. People who want to learn English are spoiled for choice, as many countries all over the world have effective EFL programs that are worth investigating.
However, this article seeks to zoom in on Malta as one of the top ten destinations of choice for students who want to improve their English abilities.
So, what makes teaching English in Malta such a competitive industry? There is more than one reason why more than 80 000 students from Europe, Asia and South America flock to Malta every year to learn English. Here are a few of the perks.
Immersion in an English Environment
For starters, English is an official language in Malta, so students’ learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Whatever skills they learn inside the classroom; they can practice in real-life situations as soon as they set foot outside. For example, if students learn the vocabulary necessary to buy groceries in a super-market in class, they are able to use their new vocabulary in conversation when they go to the shop.
This gives Malta an advantage over many other countries that aim to teach English, where the curriculum is confined to the classroom. In these cases, no matter how good the syllabus is, student’s development is limited due to lack of practice in the outside world.
In contrast to these countries, the attraction of Maltese EFL schools in particular is that they boast an excellent curriculum in addition to immersion in an English-speaking environment which plays a key role in students’ success.
Government Regulation of English Schools
The effectiveness of Malta’s EFL programs has arisen, to a large extent, due to the existence of legislation that requires English schools to meet a certain standard. In our opinion, Malta is one of the few countries in the world to have their English schools regulated in such a fashion.
In order to maintain the high standard of education, all teaching schools are visited by the ELT council at least once a year, which monitor the quality of the programs that are delivered in schools. Schools that are part of FELTOM association of teaching organizations, are also visited.
Since it started in 1963, Malta’s EFL industry has grown exponentially and continues to remain an important part of the economy. Studies have shown that English students tend to stay in the country for a longer period than most other tourists, which is why this program is so well-supported by the state.
Multi-national Student Community
Another factor in the resounding success of Malta’s EFL programs is the multi-national student community that enters Malta’s borders from countries such as Italy, Russia, Korea and Venezuela. This international community of students is one of the key factors that keep the industry alive and flourishing.
Last but not least, Malta’s natural and cultural beauty is unmatched and is a major drawcard for well-travelled English students. It has a number of tourist attractions that make medium-to-long term stay in the country a rich, entertaining and interesting experience. An added bonus is that, in Malta, the weather is favorable for travel throughout the year.
The Maltese islands, for example, are a tourist hot-spot that students sometimes visit during their free time. There are also a number of historical sites that students can visit, including Valletta (Malta’s capital city, which is now also a UNESCO world heritage site).
Many of the attractions are close in proximity to one another. Students may stay for a couple of weeks but are able to see a lot of the popular sites. Cultural events happen throughout Malta during the course of the year, which further contributes to students’ experience of Malta as a rewarding and life-changing travel experience. This is just the start of the conversation. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.