Whats the benefit of studying English aboard? And with so many destinations, why choose Malta?
Benefits of Studying English Abroad
For starters, if you live in a non-English speaking country, it’s difficult to maintain or improve your level of English. Languages are alive and that means they need to be used. And even if you do speak English, you’re constantly shifting between your first language and English. Switching between languages hinders the learning process since you keep on thinking in your first language. When studying English aboard in an English speaking country, you’ll get a fully immersive experience that will boost your fluency. And you won’t only be practicing with other second language speakers of English.
So you’ve decided to study English abroad and now you’re faced with countless destinations to choose from.
Discover seven facts that make Malta stand out from the rest.
1. Fifty English Language schools to choose from
The island may be small, but you would be surprised just how rich it can be in so many ways. With sixty or so language schools within an area of just 316 km², you are spoiled for choice. Why are there so many? Since Malta is an ex-British colony, English learning tourism is big in Malta. People of all ages, from all over the world come to study English in Malta, all year round. The standards of English language schools in Malta are high because there several organisations that regularly monitor language schools.
2. Everyone speaks English
In a school you can learn English grammar, reading, writing, and how to speak English with a lot of practice. Yet, we all know the immense value of using what you learn in real-life situations. When you study English in Malta you are spoiled for opportunities to practise your new language skills because English is a national language and almost everybody speaks it. English is widely spoken by locals, the islands are both beautiful and interesting, and there is a lot to indulge in during your free time.
Some elders in more rural areas may struggle with English or speak only Maltese, however most of the people have a good command of English. Especially if they work in tourism. Apart from that, there is a huge British and European expat community in Malta so naturally, English is spoken almost everywhere. Who needs extra conversation classes when you can chat with the locals?
3. The people are the nicest
An added bonus for travelers who like to discover the culture through the locals when studying English abroad. Maltese are big family people, and most of them are willing to welcome anyone as their own. That opens you up to hard-to-reach beautiful locations, plenty of mouth-watering home-made food, and gives you a window into the local history and traditions. You’ll get a better rendition of the Maltese story than any museum can offer. One way to meet and mingle with locals is to look for host-family accommodation.
4. The weather is sweet
Maltese weather is always fine. It may get a little windy and wild from time to time, but bursts of thunder and rain are brief and you can be sure to soon welcome the sunshine. The generally good weather means you are unlikely to miss out on the fun during your learning holiday due to bad weather. So you can enjoy more of what Malta and Gozo have to offer. Who said that you must choose a place to study English based only on the ins and outs of learning the language? There are many extra benefits to enjoy if you choose to study English in Malta.
5. Distances are short
Whatever you choose to do, whichever activities you fancy and wherever you choose to go, you will never have far to travel. That is rather handy when you go to class in the mornings and have limited hours of day-time left to enjoy what you will. When you study English abroad in Malta, you will spend less time travelling and more time having fun. In addition, you can tally back and forth to your accommodation several times a day quite easily. It’s practical and you get the most comfort and enjoyment out of your available time.
6. The sea is amazing
Malta and Gozo are surrounded by the clearest blue sea you can imagine. This makes way for enjoying all kinds of activities: swimming, snorkelling, diving, watersports, boating, cruises and fishing are just a few. The all-year-round mild weather means the beach and the sea can be enjoyed no matter the season. With its great visibility, mild temperatures, sea life, underwater caves, and diving wrecks, the sea in Malta is definitely one of its top attractions. The marvellous coast, with its cliffs, coastal caves and beach coves, also offers opportunities for deep water soloing, trekking or relaxation.
7. There’s a lot to enjoy, day and night
Credits: Events in Malta and Gozo
If Al Fresco dining and open air theater is your thing, you will find it here. If it is bars, clubs, gigs and music festivals you like, you will find them here. If you believe that night-time is for sleeping, and prefer daytime activities, you will find plenty to see and do: archaeological sites, historic cities, museums, theme attractions, adventure sports, beach activities, cultural events, and more. Whatever your holiday mood, you can enjoy a variety of events in Malta – you will never be short of entertainment.
8. Prehistory lives on to the present day
When you study English in Malta, there are many other things you can learn. Malta and Gozo have 7,000 years of history to discover. From Neolithic Temples to Medieval cities to WWII, Malta’s story is rich and varied. Even if history has never fascinated you, the history of Malta is so unique and fantastic that you may just find yourself immersed in a wonderful exploration of the history of mankind in the Mediterranean region.
For example, the Neolithic temple of Mnajdra is one of the world’s oldest freestanding structures, older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge, and has phenomenal astronomical alignment which makes it an accurate calendar of the Equinoxes and Solstices since 5,500 years ago to this very day. Isn’t that marvellous?
Furthermore, Malta’s location has made it attractive to many for various reasons since time immemorial, and you may enjoy the stories related to sea trade, piracy, human trafficking and strategic war plans. We’re glad it is only fun-loving tourists who wish to admire and enjoy the islands that make it to our shores these days.
So if you’re looking to study English abroad, welcome to Malta! Start planning your trip, email us for details at [email protected]