All you need to Know about Travelling to Malta in Summer 2021

Are you planning a summer 2021 holiday in Malta and Gozo?

Here’s everything you need to know about the current situation in the country and English schools.

In recent weeks, Malta and Gozo have made international headlines as the ideal summer 2021 travel destination. Here’s why:

1. It is one of the safest destinations in Europe

Malta has always been known as a safe destination for travelers, but this year it’s on top of the list due to progress made in relation to the pandemic. It’s based on the fact that the island has already reached herd immunity, has over 70% of the population vaccinated, and is lower restrictions as of the 1st of June.

2. It is easy to enter the country

As of the 1st of June, Malta is open to most nationalities, with a variety of flight connections to major airports in Europe. All European citizens and residences can enter Malta freely, without needing a visa or quarantine.

Malta is making use of a system with Red, Amber, and Green lists for travelers. If your country is on the green list, it means you can enter Malta freely with no rules or regulations. For countries on the Amber list, all that is needed to enter is a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test taken not more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

And if your country is on the red list, you can make use of corridor countries and quarantine there for 14 days, prior to visiting Malta.

You can keep updated with current news on the official tourism COVID-19 update page.

3. A variety of flights are available

Malta is well-connected with all European countries, having regular flights departing from most central airports. Considering the island’s central position in the Mediterranean, you are never too far, with short and direct flights available. The Malta International Airport has also implemented a number of safety measures to safeguard all travellers, and the entire island.

Look for a flight? Visit the Malta international airport’s website for an updated flight schedule.

4. COVID-19 Regulations have been eased

Currently, most establishments in Malta have opened their doors again. Shops, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, cinemas, and bars are back to welcoming people while abiding by safety regulations. It is also possible to practice contact sports in groups outdoors and to enjoy visits to the beach without wearing a mask.

Important: The number of people in groups in public is capped at 6. It is still necessary to always wear a mask in public, apart from at the beach.

5. English schools are open for face-to-face classes

All English language schools in Malta and Gozo are welcoming students in classrooms again. Many teachers and team members have also been vaccinated. Several safety regulations and procedures are required, to create a safe learning environment.

Read our safety protocol and regulations at BELS Languages schools.

6. The Government is providing vouchers to English students

The government of Malta has launched a great initiative, providing vouchers for English students to use throughout their stay here. Any student above the age of 12, who is studying for 15+nights, is eligible to apply for the vouchers. The minimum value is €150 while the maximum value is €300 per student (when staying 30 nights).

These can be used at schools, in restaurants, shops, and in tourist activities on the entire island. The scheme is available on a first-come-first-served basis, with a limited number of funds available. How to apply? If you’re studying with us at BELS Malta or BELS Gozo, we’ll do it for you!

7. The sun, sea, and Mediterranean charm

Along with all the benefits of visiting Malta and Gozo this summer remains the fact of enjoying the splendor of the islands. Surrounded by natural beauty, plenty of sunshine, beaches around every corner, and a culturally and historically rich environment.

Planning a trip to learn English in Malta this summer? Have a look at our complete holiday packages:


10 English Idioms that Blossomed out of Spring

Here are 10 English Idioms Related to Spring

With the temperatures warming up, we’ve got a spring in our step and a couple of English idioms related to spring came to mind!

Spring is the season of activity and growth – as the weather warms up, trees and bushes begin to grow new leaves again and colorful flowers start to bloom. The days get longer, the nights get shorter, and most of us feel happier and more energised. It’s also a time that inspired many English idioms.

While you can find English idioms about every season, spring is the season with most English idioms. Most of the English idioms that are related to spring mirror the energetic and growing nature of springtime.

One of the best ways to remember English idioms is to put them in categories, so here are English idioms inspired by spring. Have you heard any of these English idioms before?

1. Spring into Action

This English idiom is used when something or someone is quiet and calm then suddenly becomes active and starts moving of working. It’s done quickly and with a energy or force.

‘The lifeguard sprang into action when he noticed the child drowning.’
‘Predators watch their prey silently spring into action in a moment’s notice.’

2. No spring chicken

When we say someone is a spring chicken it means they are young, youthful and full of energy just like the season implies. On the other hand, saying someone is no ‘spring chicken’ emphasizes that they are not young anymore and their abilities may show this. In other occasions it is used to show that although someone is old, they are still capable.

‘Ryan’s no spring chicken but he can still run as fast as people half his age’.
‘He looks pretty good considering he’s no spring chicken’.

3. A spring in someone’s step

This English idiom describes the way someone walks when they are full of energy and happy. Like a spring, they are bouncing off the ground. It usually shows that someone is feeling good.

‘We could tell she got hired for the new job because she walked out of the office with in spring in her step’.
‘He had a spring in his step after he won the lottery!’

4. To spring to mind

When something appears suddenly in your thoughts or you immediately think of someone or something. When someone mentions spring, all these English idioms will spring to mind!

‘When someone speaks of Italy, good wine and exquisite food springs to mind’.
‘Say the word ‘Paris’ and visions of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe spring to mind’.

5. To spring to life

To suddenly start moving and become very active or busy.

‘The town is quiet in the morning, but it suddenly springs to life around nine o’clock when the shops open.’
‘The clubbing scene springs to life after 10 o’clock’.

6. To spring out of something

To jump out of something or jump out at someone.

‘She wakes up in a great mood, springs out of bed every morning!’
‘A grasshopper sprang out at me when I was watering the plants.’

7. To spring something on someone

When you share news or an announcement on someone without any warning or context. You say something suddenly when it is not expected. Using this idiom implies that it would have been better to have a warning beforehand.

‘A good leader keeps employees informed of decisions along the way and doesn’t just spring it on them suddenly’.

8. To be full of the joys of spring

This is a British idiom used to say that someone is very lively, jolly and cheerful.

“How are you so full of the joys of spring at 6am on a Monday morning!”

9. Spring cleaning

To thoroughly clean a place, especially in springtime.

10. Spring fever

Spring fever is any change in mood or behavior which is experienced with the start or spring. Usually a feeling of restlessness and excitement because spring is coming, and the weather is getting warmer.

Spring English Idioms: Test yourself!

  1. As soon as the boss came in the door, everyone ______________.
  2. I don’t know how old Mike is, but obviously he is ______________.”
  3. He’s had a __________ since he met Joanna.
  4. Say the word “Australia” and a vision of beaches and blue seas immediately ____________.
  5. After about eight o’clock the city _______________.
  6. The cat ________ of the closet when I opened the door.
  7. I hope he’s not going to _________ any crazy ideas  _____ us at the meeting this morning.
  8. He bounced into the office, full of _______________.
  9. I gave the kitchen a ____________ at the weekend.
  10. ‘A few kids had ___________ and thought was a good reason to skip finals, but I went to school every single day.’

Did you use the Spring English idioms correctly? Have a look at the answers here:

  1. sprung into action.
  2. no spring chicken.
  3. spring in his step.
  4. spring to mind.
  5. springs to life.
  6. sprang out.
  7. spring, onto.
  8. the joys of spring.
  9. spring clean.
  10. spring fever.

Now try to learn English idioms related to other seasons: Winter English idioms.


the hypogeum historical place in malta

8 Fascinating Historical Places in Malta and Gozo

Enrich your trip by visiting these historical places in Malta

Plan a trip that’s long enough to visit our top suggestions of historical places in Malta and Gozo

Judging by its size you’d be surprised to learn about the astounding amount of historical places in Malta and Gozo. The islands are dotted with historical sites dating back to 3000 B.C and centuries later new historical sites are still being unearthed.

Malta’s a melting pot of cultural histories. Its layered history begins with prehistoric settlers from Sicily who arrived around 5200BC up to the British who were the last to rule before the islands gained independence in 1974. The Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines and the Turks are amongst those who left their mark on Malta along the years. And the result? A unique culture and lifestyle that brings together aspects from Italy, North Africa and England.

Many visitors add Malta to their bucket list precisely because of its fascinating history.

Megalithic Temples

Malta’s megalithic temples are prehistoric monumental buildings that are amongst the earliest free-standing stone buildings in the world – even older than the pyramids.

1. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Amongst the many megalithic sites on the main island of Malta, the most notable temples are Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra which are next to one another in Qrendi in the south. Apart from being a remarkable site in themselves, the natural surrounds and cliffside views are spectacular. You can easily understand why prehistoric settlers choose this place to call home.

2. Ggantija Temples

The most documented megalithic temple is found on the smaller island of Gozo. Ggantija temples are a world heritage site and date from around 3600 to 3200 BF. This site consists of two temples and the surrounding grounds are enclosed in a massive boundary wall.

Underground Wonders 

3. Ħal-Salfieni Hypogeum

Shrouded in mystery, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an underground prehistoric sanctuary and burial site; the only one of its kind in Europe. The catacomb chambers at the Hypgoeum are remarkably well preserved, with red ochre paintings and carvings on the walls. There are many legends and theories about the existence of this site but it’s best to visit and listen to the audiotapes or join a guided tour. Due to limited daily visitors, it’s best to book this site months in advance.

4. Għar Dalam (Birżebbuġa)

A visit here during your trip to Malta will take you back to where it all began. With evidence of human habitation dating back more than 7,400 years, Għar Dalam gave evidence of the earliest human settlement on Malta. It also contained fossilised bones of extinct creatures like dwarf elephants, hippos, micro-mammals and birds. It is said that these remains are from animals that lived here back when Malta and Sicily were still connected by land.

5. Ta Bistra Catacombs (Mosta) & St. Paul’s Catacombs (Rabat)

If you’d like to discover some of the island’s underground connection, make it a point to visit these catacombs. The two sites are a complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries which represent the earliest evidence of Christianity in Malta.

Forts and Towers

6. The Silent City – Mdina (Malta)

Mdina, also known as the silent city, is a fortified city perched on top of a hill. With a story that traces back to over 4000 years ago, Mdina has witnessed many different stages of history of Malta. With each colonizer came different uses of the city as well as renovations. Today it’s one of the most visited place by tourists as well as being close to the hearts of locals.  Apart from the museums and craft shops, it’s known for having the best chocolate cake on the island as well as some delicious ice-cream. Plan an afternoon stroll here and stay until dusk.

7. Ċitadella (Gozo)

Citadella is an iconic landmark in Gozo.  Just like Mdina, it is a fortified city on one of the highest positions of the island. And due to Gozo’s small size it’s visible from anywhere in Gozo. It’s light design make it particularly stunning during the night time. Citadella was built in 1500 BC with many additions over the years, and just like Mdina it’s passed through many of the island’s colonizers. Plan a visit here around sunset for a magical feel. Have a drink at a winebar, take in the views and enjoy the silence.


8. The Red Tower (Mellieha)

It’s official name is Saint Agatha’s Tower and it was built as a watchtower between 1647 and 1649 and manned during both wars. The fort is unique in it’s castle-like structure. The tower is open to visitors and inside you can see the original floor and walls. From on top of the tower you can see stunning views of Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Want to learn about more places to visit in Malta? Have a look at our blog section.

Top Christmas Songs in English for Party Games

Your Ultimate List of Christmas Songs in English for a Game Night

For many, the holidays are not complete without classical Christmas carols or catchy jingles. Some Christmas songs have become so popular and loved that they’ve been covered by numerous bands and in several languages. People are familiar with them no matter which part of the world they come from and which language they speak. We’ve memorized the lyrics, the meaning and the tune. That familiarity makes Christmas music a great way to learn English over some laughter with friends.

So get a group of your favourite people together, put on your cheesiest Christmas jumper and spend the evening singing along to some Christmas songs. After all science shows that the best kind of learning happens when you’re having fun. A little competition also helps!

Check out our list of Christmas songs in English, graded by level.

We’ve complied a list of classical and modern Christmas songs for learners of English. Each song has a quiz and some activities to test your English grammar and vocabulary. They’re separated according to level of English as well.

Not sure what your level is? Take our test.

Beginner and Elementary

Elementary and Pre-intermediate

Intermediate and Upper-intermediate 


Try Christmas karaoke using the links below. Practice the original version of the song first and try to master it on karaoke.

Looking for something even more challenging?

Listen to the songs below and try to write down the lyrics. You can listen to song three times to complete the activity. After that you have to share what you’ve written with your friend, and see who’s version is the most accurate.

  • Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  • Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
  • Dirt Sledding ft. Ryan Pardey, Richard Dreyfuss – The Killers
  • A Great Big Sled ft. Toni Halliday – The Killers
  • Everyday Is Christmas – Sia
  • Snowman – Sia
  • Round and Round – Sia

Here’s our personal favorite:


Looking for more Christmas themed ways to learn English? Discover the story of Christmas in English.


10 English Idioms Inspired by Winter

Learn how to use 10 Winter Idioms in everyday Conversation

With temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up at home and learn some English idioms and phrases related to winter and cold weather. One of the best ways to learn new vocabulary is to put them in categories, so here are our favorite 10 English idioms and phrases inspired by cold weather. Notice how some of these aren’t related to the weather directly in meaning.

Here are the 10 most used winter idioms:

1. Bundle up

Before you can face the cold outside, you have to bundle up, which means to get dressed warmly and wrap yourself up.

2. To leave (someone) out in the cold

Leaving someone out in the cold is a mean thing to do! If you don’t include people in your group, you’re leaving them out in the cold. This refers to when you exclude someone from activities and conversations.

3. Cold hands, warm heart

You might be cold on the outside, but warm on the inside. . This idiom shows that even when people do not appear to show emotion, they might be very sensitive on the inside. Use it to express that someone who might seem distant on the outside is actually a caring and sensitive person in reality.

4. Snug as bug in a rug

When it’s cold outside, it’s best to stay wrapped up in and cosy a blanket, next to a fire with a warm beverage in hand, snug as a bug in a rug! This refers to when someone is covered up and tucked in tight in blankets, or in bed.

5. To give someone the cold shoulder

When someone makes you angry or upset, you need space and sometimes give them the silent treatment. This is expressed as saying you’re giving someone the cold shoulder. You might do this after a little fight – you ignore them to punish them, or until you calm down and can forgive them.

6. Blanket of snow

Just as a blanket is a thick covering, a blanket of snow refers to when it’s been snowing heavily and the ground is covered up with a thick layer of snow. It’s used to describe the scene after a heavy snowfall, like when you wake up in the morning after a night of snowing.

7. Break the ice

When you meet a new person, you have to break the ice. Before you manage to break the ice, it’s usually a bit quiet and awkward. It’s also used to describe situations, for example at a party, when no one is dancing and everyone looks bored – the first person to start dancing breaks the ice! The phrase is also used for activities in the beginning of meetings or workshops which are warmers – icebreakers (find someone who, two truths 1 lie, etc).

8. Walking on thin ice

As you can imagine, walking on thin ice is quite a risky and dangerous situation. Likewise, this idiom is used to convey that a situation someone is in quite risky. For example, if your boss is angry at you for coming into work late every day, then you ask to leave early, you’re walking on thin ice.

9. To run hot and cold

Cold and hot are opposites, and when you run hot and cold, you keep on having opposite thoughts! This is used to describe people who cannot make up their mind and are very indecisive about a situation. It’s also used to describe people who constantly change their feelings about something or someone. Like the famous Katy Perry song!

10. Under the weather

When you’re feeling under the weather, you’re feeling unwell or in low spirts. It’s used to express that someone is feeling sick or ill, usually to describe cold and flu symptoms that are common in winter.

Want to learn more phrases and idioms to use in Winter? Watch this video to see them used in context:

The Fascinating Story of Christmas in English

Read about the Story of Christmas in English 

And Indulge in the Festive Spirit!

Christmas in an enchanting time of the year, and what better way to recapture the childhood excitement than through Christmas stories in English? You can get into the Christmas spirit while learning phrases and vocabulary related the festive season in English.

The love of stories is an innate human quality that stretches across centuries and cultures. Throughout history there has always been a fascination with stories, dating back to cave drawings, ancient Egyptian art, and epic legends. They satisfy our social needs for discovery, connection, and happiness. As time passed this transformed into theatre, novels, cinema and now streaming movies from the comfort of our homes.

Combine this with the charm of Christmas for a truly magical experience with your loved ones. And the best way to discover the story of Christmas in English is through the work of Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens is known as the man who invented Christmas thanks to his novel ‘A Christmas Carol’. His creation is said to be the inception of Christmas as we know it today, with his characters being associated with Christmas worldwide.

Here are two popular and quality tell the stories of Christmas in English, connected to Dickens.

1. A Christmas Carol (1843, 2009)

You might have heard of ‘A Christmas Carol’, an 1843 novel which is where the tale of Scrooge originates. The book recounts the story of Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Through these visits, Scrooge discovers the errors of his ways and transforms into a kinder man, thanks to the Christmas spirit.

In 2009 the timeless classic was adapted into an animated fantasy movie by Disney. Apart from being an entertaining tale, this film is good exposure to eloquent British English.

2. The Man who Invented Christmas (2017)

This movie gives a peak into the writing process of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and into the brilliant mind of Charles Dickens. It looks at the period in which Charles Dickens was living in England, his personal life and how it led him to write the book which invented Christmas as we know it today.

You can see his story and characters come to life in Victorian England and gain a cultural understanding of British lifestyle in the period. Once again, this movie is full of poetic language, a great way to discover the story of Christmas in English, within a natural context.

Want to discover more Christmas stories in English? Check this space regularly for more content.


A Complete Guide to Writing Professional Emails in English

A Step-by-step Guide to Writing Professional Emails in English

Writing emails in English is an essential life skill that everyone needs to master. Nowadays emails are the single most common form of business communication. They’re fast, immediate and easily accessible. Often, due to the informal nature of the medium, it’s easy to slip into a casual tone in spite of communicating in professional contexts. Yet just like formal letter writing of bygone times, with professional email writing there are a set of rules and styles to follow. This is especially important when you’re representing your company’s image through business email

Checklist for Writing Formal Emails in English

Here are the main aspects to keep in mind.

1.  Writing effective subject lines

Think carefully and creatively about your subject line. It should capture the reader’s attention and at the same time, state the purpose of the email. The choice of subject line influences whether your email will be read, and the priority given. Apart from that it’s also relevant for effective search results if you ever wish to find a specific email easily. Some examples of effective subject lines include:

  • Following up on today’s meeting
  • Gentle reminder regarding payment
  • Feedback needed on French report
  • Updating website content

2. Using appropriate salutations

There are different levels of formality in professional email writing, depending on your relationship and purpose of email.

  • To whom it may concern –  Use only when you do not know to whom you must address the email
  • Dear Sir/Madam – Use when writing to a position without having a named contact.
  • Dear Mr Martin – Use when writing to a named male contact.
  • Dear Ms Martin – Use when writing to named female contact. Use for all women irrespective of marital status.
  • Dear Dr Jones – Use when writing to a doctor or professor (university professors).
  • Dear Andrea White – Type the whole name when you are unsure of the recipient’s gender.

3.  Writing the first line

We generally begin emails with a line explaining why we are writing. To people we already know, we can often begin with sentence starters like these in the image below:

All of these phrases in the first 4 columns can be used as sentence starters with business acquittances or colleagues. In the final column, you can see an example of possible endings.

4. Keeping it concise

Throughout a regular workday, people receive a countless amount of emails. Keeping emails short and direct will ensure that your email is read, easily digestible and answered in a timely manner. While doing so, it is also necessary to remain professional.

5. Use of Formal Language

The degree of formality that we use when writing to people depends on who we are writing to, how well we know them and the reason of writing. Generally speaking, more formal writing involves longer, more complex sentences, more multi-syllable words, fewer phrasal verbs, fewer contractions, and few abbreviations.

Here are a few examples of regular writing, changed into professional writing:

  • It’s important > it is essential
  • Ask > enquire
  • At the moment > currently
  • Before > previously
  • Can you send me >  I wonder if it would be possible for you to forward me
  • Hope to hear > I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • It’d be great > I would be most grateful if you could…
  • On top of that >  furthermore
  • We are sorry > we regret to inform you
  • If you need help > should you require any assistance…
  • If you cannot meet the deadline > in the event of any delay

5.  Having a clear purpose

Throughout the email use simple language, and linking words to explain yourself well. When you finish writing a professional email, re-read it and start removing extra information. Make sure it is clear to the reader what they need to do after reading the email.

6. Closing professional emails

The way we end emails depends on who we are writing to. Some endings are more common for formal emails, while others are more common for neutral or informal emails. When you’re writing to colleagues, you can use neutral endings if you are quite familiar with them. The same can be applied for business acquaintances, service providers or associations with whom you have great rapport.

Here are some examples:

  • I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • I look forward to your reply.
  • I look forward to receiving your feedback.
  • Thank you for your time and consideration.
  • Thank you in advance, looking forward to your feedback.
  • I would appreciate a quick response.

Do you need to improve your email writing skills in English? Benefit from personalised training sessions with an experienced teacher.

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travel tips and tourist information for Malta

Tourist Information Malta: Essential Travel Tips

Are you looking for tourist information about Malta?

Here are some travel tips you don’t typically find at a tourist office

Anyone travelling to Malta will require some basic tourist information about the Maltese islands, the people and how things work. This is even more important for English students who will be in Malta for longer periods. Some of the most important tourist information – to help you adapt to the local lifestyle – is not necessarily available at a tourist office; however, it will help you relax and enjoy your new environment more fully once the practicalities of accommodation and transport have been sorted out.

When you enroll as an English student at BELS Malta or Gozo, you will have immediate assistance with anything you may need regarding accommodation, transport, maps, events and things to do in Malta. More information is also available at any of the Malta tourist information offices scattered around the island. However, here we highlight what we consider to be some of the most unusual, but important, Malta tourist information that everyone travelling to Malta should know:

1. What to pack

This is a question even traveler has, but not something provided in tourist information offices! If you’re trying to decide what to pack for Malta, do not go overboard with the warm clothes and always pack in a T-shirt, even in January. Your best bet is to leave that heavy jacket at home and pack layers instead, which you can peel off when it’s warmer and put back on as it gets chilly. During the long hot summers, you will only need a light long-sleeved item if you’re by the sea at night. With its mild temperatures and only short bursts of storm and gloom, Malta weather is great – get ready for it!

2. Why you can ditch the dictionary

Don’t you hate it when you travel to a country and you can’t read the menu or ask for directions? You may be learning English to have an extra card to play when language is a barrier. Malta is an easy place to travel, because English is a national language, almost everybody speaks it, and any information is also available in the English language. Full immersion is what you’ll get as an English language student in Malta, and when you’re feeling lazy, you might enjoy chatting to a local in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian … the Maltese are a skilled lot when it comes to languages!

3. The Maltese language

No, the Maltese are not arguing all the time every time they address each other. The unfamiliar semiotic sounds and tonality of the Maltese language cause it to come across as far from gentle to the unfamiliar ears of a foreigner, but do not be alarmed – you might be surprised when those you thought were arguing will burst into mutual laughter two minutes later.

4. Maltese mannerisms

Visitors from countries which are more conservative in their display of emotions will need to become accustomed to the Maltese way of expression. The Maltese are passionate Mediterranean people in both love and war – they speak loudly, they gesticulate, and they vibrantly express their emotions, which die down as quickly as they flared up – that’s all the norm in this part of the world.

5. Maltese hospitality

As in any country, you are likely to meet a tourist tout or two, or the naughty shopkeeper in tourist areas who will overcharge a foreigner. In general, though, the Maltese are warm-hearted and welcoming and will go out of their way to make you feel at home and help you out of a sticky situation. Considering Malta’s long history of foreign occupation and influence, it is almost surprising that most Maltese enjoy the cosmopolitan and holiday feeling tourists bring to the island. Take time to meet the locals; it is a wonderful way to get to know the heart and soul of the country beyond first impressions. And actually, if you need any more tourist information, just speak to the locals when you’re in Malta and they’ll surely help.

6. Driving on the left

If you are planning to rent a car to see the sights, bear in mind that we are one of the few countries that drive on the left, just like England, Australia and Japan. It may feel a little tricky at times, but the good news is that distances are short and you will get to your destination very quickly – do not get disheartened! The main thing to remember is to turn clockwise around the roundabouts – there is nothing that causes more mayhem on the road than a lost tourist driving around in the wrong direction!

7. What you should know about indicators and hazard lights

Well, this is kind of embarrassing. We all know we should not do it, yet you are bound to see it time and time again, so let’s acknowledge it and move on. Most Maltese people still do not have a clue why cars have indicator lights and don’t use them or use them wrong. They also think that hazard lights are what you do when you stop temporarily in a no-stopping zone while you step out of your car to get what you need from the shop (double yellow lines and double parking included). It’s a shame, and it still happens. You have been warned!

8. Keep your kit on

Maltese people come in many varieties: some very open minded and some very conservative. So while the cosy beaches and crystal sea offer much to enjoy in swimming, snorkelling, diving, watersports, boating, cruises and fishing, it is best you keep your kit on – skinny dipping is illegal! Remember also that beach wear is for the beach – locals do not appreciate women walking in their bikinis in the street, and men can be fined for driving without a shirt on.

9. Nothing is out to eat you

Visit Australia, and you will suddenly drop to the very bottom of the food chain. In Malta, the land and sea are safe from dangerous creatures. Having said that, there are a few that will sting, bite and hurt you if you get too close for comfort, such as jellyfish and the fireworm, but snakes and spiders are not poisonous. You will not need any special vaccinations either.

10. Leave your boredom at home

If you think that the small island means there is not much to entertain you, scrap that idea. Malta’s 312km² are jam-packed with things to do – al fresco dining, theatre, bars, clubs, archeological sites, historic cities, museums, theme attractions, adventure sports, beach activities, cultural events, and more will captivate your interest and entertain you, whatever your holiday mood. It will serve you to open up with curiosity to the variety of things to do in Malta; allow us to help you have the best learning holiday ever.
For tourist information related to English courses in Malta, write to us at [email protected].

training session about English for presentations

A Complete Guide to Presentations in English

Top Tips for Successful Presentations in English

Have an upcoming presentation in English? This guide will help you prepare with soft skill tips, and language tips about English for presentations. We asked our teachers for key tips…here’s what they had to say!

1. Show your enthusiasm and relate to the audience

First of all, if you’re in a position where you have to deliver a presentation in English, your level of English must be quite high! So take a deep breath, it’s hard to perform well when you’re nervous. Connecting with an audience in your first language can be already be a challenge for some. Make sure you give this small-talk a priority in your planning – don’t just try to improvise. Use light jokes, puns and metaphors as you would in your mother tongue. Without these little practices you could come across as dull and robotic.

2. Watch TED talks in your area of expertise

TED talks are short and powerful talks that cover nearly all topics – from science to business to global and social issues. They are available in more than 100 languages, meaning you watch it your native language first, and in English after to learn how to express key concepts in English. As an added bonus you’re also observing some of the world’s top speakers and are sure to pick up some soft skills along the way.

3. Familiarise yourself with technical words

Every area of business has jargon that usually does not translate directly. In order to be taken seriously in the field, and to communicate properly, you have to know how technical words in your field are said in English. You can find business English online dictionaries for a variety of fields.

4. Acquire the functional language (English for presentations)

Apart from the buzzwords, you should learn functional business language. This will prepare you for giving a presentation and anything unexpected that can come up. Here are some common functional language topics needed for presentations:

Handling the first few minutes

First impressions last a lifetime. Learning useful phrases for greetings, welcoming people, introducing yourself or your colleagues and explaining the purpose of the presentation can make a big difference.

Organising what you want to say

If you cannot organise your presentation well, none of the content matters. Make sure you learn how to clearly say what you will talk about, saying when you will answer questions, and how to refer to these parts of your talk. Confusing your audience is the last thing you want – these parts of speech must be part of your business English studies.

Maintaining interest

Interactive presentations are the most successful kind. The last thing you want is to have your audience snoozing off. Learn ways how to engage your audience, asking them questions, checking that they are following and clarifying what you mean.

Dealing with problems and questions

Not everything always goes to plan – learning how to handle problems and questions is a must. Learn phrases required for apologising for causing some inconvenience, saying what you’re going to do to solve the problem (getting help, finding another laptop etc). Also learn how to ask someone to repeat a question and checking understanding.

Summarising and Concluding

You can find several sites that provide this functional business English online. The BELS e-learning platform has whole section dedicated entirely to business skills.

5. Write a script, find an audience

Use everything you learnt to write a script for your presentation. the language and buzzwords to create as script for your presentation. Once you feel, look for some people (or pets) to practice in front of. If needed, consult an English teacher or public speaking coach.

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