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January 22, 2014

Malta | Business

EC Malta uses Italian “celeb” student to promote ELT

andrea-hirai-cocco-ec.jpgInternational English language school operator EC is promoting its school in Malta with the help of a YouTube video featuring a popular Italian actor, according the The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News.

EC Malta recently welcomed Italian actor, model and the 2011 winner of Italian TV show Big Brother to its student cohort. The school is using its celebrity student to publicise its ELT offer among its target student demographic.

Sophia Fergus, EC’s Marketing Manager, told The PIE News: “Of course this is wonderful publicity for EC, but what we are really excited about is that we think Andrea can be a real inspiration to other ambitious young Italians who are aiming for success on an international scale.”

Andrea Hirai Cocco visited Malta for the first time in December and enrolled on a short intensive one-to-one course to improve his English for future acting projects. Fergus added: “Andrea is an energetic and charismatic public figure who understands the importance of being able to speak English, so we think he’s a great role model for our current and potential students.”

EC, a chain of 17 English language schools worldwide, has capitalised on its glamorous alumni and released a YouTube interview with Andrea.

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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October 02, 2013

Malta | Business

Malta: Call for measures to strengthen EFL sector

teach-English-in-Malta.jpgMalta's leading EFL organisation is asking the government to give the industry greater financial support in an upcoming budget, says the Malta Independent.

The Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations of Malta (FELTOM) believes that the budget for 2014 should be another step in strengthening the tourism and educational sectors.

The teaching English as a foreign language sector has grown considerably over the past years and last year contributed to over €135 million to the local economy. In addition, this industry is directly generating employment for hundreds of teachers. Thousands of host families also benefit directly from this industry which last year alone attracted over 81,000 students to Malta.

Looking ahead, FELTM is proposing that in education Government:

  • Strengthens literacy programmes in schools
  • Focuses on bilingualism in schools
  • Commences a postgraduate degree on teaching of English

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September 11, 2013

Malta | Events

ELT Malta conference inspires teachers

teach-English-in-Malta.jpgThe Malta Independent yesterday reported on last week's second annual ELT Malta Conference.

The English as a Foreign Language Monitoring Board organised the second edition of the annual ELT Malta Conference between 6 and 7 September.

Around 330 ELT professionals, working in both private language schools and the mainstream educational sector, attended the conference.

The audience was provided with the opportunity of attending talks by world-renowned ELT experts like Jeremy Harmer, Adrian Underhill and Ken Wilson. The conference had a total of six plenary talks and 21 workshops. A number of these workshops were led by local ELT practitioners.

In his welcoming speech, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo praised the EFL Monitoring Board’s initiative to organise an annual conference for teachers working in the local ELT sector.

He emphasised the importance of high English standards in Malta as a means of retaining a competitive edge internationally. For this reason the country’s bilingual status needs to be safeguarded at all costs.

Read the full article from the Malta Independent.

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August 22, 2013

Malta

Language teaching federation backs raising drinking age

teach-English-in-Malta.jpgThe Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations in Malta (FELTOM) said today that it agreed with the proposal by the Children’s Commissioner to raise the drinking age threshold to 18 years.

"FELTOM has long argued that increasing the safety of minors should always be a priority. Increasing the drinking age threshold to 18 years is therefore a step in the right direction," it said.

It said that over the years it had taken a number of initiatives to limit the accessibility of minors studying English in Malta to alcohol at events and organises weekly non-alcoholic events at venues away from Paceville. These events are very well received by the students themselves, it said.

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August 10, 2013

Malta

ELT students injured rock jumping in Malta

blue-lagoon-malta.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News site reports on a danger not normally associated with learning English in the Mediterranean.

A spate of injuries befalling English language students “rock-jumping” in Malta has raised safety concerns in the popular English language teaching destination, despite clear signs posted about the dangers of such activities, and re-focused the efforts of the ELT industry in safeguarding its clients.

Each year, thousands of young ELT students descend on the island of Malta to enjoy English language learning in a holiday environment, but the Times of Malta reports that eight people, including four ELT students, have suffered spinal injuries in July alone after jumping from high rocks in Cominotto, in the beautiful Blue Lagoon area of Malta.

“We’ve ended up like a cash-and-carry with the number of injured youngsters,” Emergency and Response Rescue Corps (ERRC) operations officer, Charles Micallef, told the Sunday Times of Malta.

Students aged 14, 15, 20 and 25 were among eight people known to have been injured by ERRC, which reported that some injuries sustained necessitated an operation.

Micallef urged tourist agencies to warn clients of the dangers of jumping into the sea, while pointing out that there is already a sign post on Cominotto warning of the dangers.

Francis Stivala, ELT Schools Representative on the Ministry of Education Monitoring Board, explained that the pro-active role of the board meant they had already been in touch with all schools to underline strict safety guidance following the incident, reinforcing advice given in a pre-season briefing.

Read the full story from The PIE News.

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