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Skylark School of English is a young and friendly language school in Msida on the sunny island of Malta. We are within walking distance of the University, the Yacht Marina and also Sliema – Malta’s largest and most modern town. We are on a major bus route, and Valletta (Malta’s Capital City) and St Julian’s (Malta’s nightlife and entertainment hub) are only a 5-minute bus ride away. Skylark is situated in a very quiet area with all amenities within walking distance.
This is our most popular course as it leaves lots of free time to relax and sightsee!
We have specially designed this course to ensure that all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are adequately covered and improved on.
There are no more than 10 students per class, and a healthy nationality mix ensures that you get plenty of practice speaking in English!
Course Duration: 1 to 52 weeks.
If you wish to improve your English rapidly, this is the course for you. The morning sessions give you practice in reading, writing and listening; whilst the afternoon sessions concentrate mainly on improving speaking and vocabulary.
We never accept more than 10 students per class, so we guarantee that your teacher will be able to give you all the individual attention you need.
Course Duration: 1 to 52 weeks.
If you want to gain entrance to an English speaking University, find a job in an English speaking country or just improve your career prospects, you will need an international exam certificate. At Skylark, we can prepare you for Cambridge exams FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS and also TOEFL. We have a 98 percent pass rate, and many of our students achieved grades much higher than they needed.
Depending on your initial level of English, we usually recommend at least 6 to 8 weeks of study prior to sitting for an exam. Ideally, you will have 12 weeks to prepare.
The International English Language Testing System is an international standardised test of English language proficiency. Educational institutions, along with employers and government immigration agencies, require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admittance procedures. Increasingly, these organisations are using IELTS.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (or TOEFL, pronounced "toe-full") evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting. It sometimes is an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities.
As our business courses are created individually for each student, you can choose the hours that suit you most. You may opt for:
*A 6 hour a day Private Business Course. This runs from 9 am till 5pm, with breaks for tea/coffee and lunch. You will be accompanied by your tutor all day.
*3 hours Group Tuition (see below) and 3 hours Private Tuition. This runs from 9 am till 5pm, with breaks for tea/coffee and lunch. You will be accompanied by your tutor all day.
*Any number of private hours that you wish, which may be taken within school hours.
Business Group Tuition is available on request. We will accept no more than 6 students per class and the course is offered at Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels.
If you wish to travel with your colleagues or with friends who are in the same line of business, you may wish to book a Closed Group Course. This course will be created specifically for your needs and no other students may attend these lessons.
There is a growing demand for intensive English language courses that are very closely related to a specific professional area. Many of our executive clients would like to have some specific English language training in their own professional area.
These needs can be met in our English for Special Purposes Courses. This type of course focuses specifically on the language and skills that are directly relevant to your present and future work situations. All content is needs-based and we will give you the language you need right now to do your job or sit for your exams.
We offer private lessons with teachers who are specifically trained in your area of study or work.
Lessons are 60 minutes each and can be taken whenever you wish, during school hours.
The following specialist areas are offered:
English for Tourism
English for IT
English for Engineers
English in the World of Finance
English for Marketing
English for the Aviation Industry
This course is ideal for those who wish to be well prepared and successful in today’s world. We believe that success depends on your skills in two particular fields - proficiency in the English language and computer literacy. We provide both in this comprehensive course.
This course is offered at different levels at your request. Courses are also available for groups of schoolchildren as well as adults. Courses focusing on particular computer programmes and applications can be booked in advance.
This course combines General or Business English and golfing at the Royal Malta Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course. The RMGC boasts well over 100 years of golfing history and is open throughout summer and winter thanks to Malta's mild Mediterranean climate. The golf club is only a 15-minute drive from the school.
Malta offers some of the best diving sites in the world. So combining General (or Business) English with diving in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, will result in the holiday of a lifetime.
Prominent boat and plane wrecks together with wonderful natural formations typify the Maltese diving scene. Join over 60,000 divers who visit Malta annually! Diving instruction is available for beginners.
Our islands are steeped in history. We have a fascinating past and are the proud owners of megalithic temples which are the oldest freestanding structures in Europe – they predate the pyramids and Stonehenge by over a thousand years! We have a number of World Heritage sites, and you can learn more about these in our specially designed English + Culture Course.
The morning will see you in a General or Business course and the afternoon will be dedicated to learning more about our wonderful history, whilst visiting the most important sites on the island which is set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Whether your passion is tennis, football, basketball, waterskiing or maybe even horse riding; you can learn English and practice your favourite sport with Skylark’s English + Sports Courses. Designed to stimulate you both mentally and physically, this course combines General or Business English in the morning with sessions of your sport of choice in the afternoon.
If we haven’t mentioned your favourite sport above, just let us know what you’d like and we’ll organise an appropriate course for you.
The TELT Examination Preparation Course is a course which prepares participants for theTest for English Language Teachers held by the EFL Monitoring Board of the Department of Education in Malta. A pass mark in this exam is required (in addition to a TEFL Course Certificate) to teach EFL in Malta.
In this course, grammar (mainly tenses and parts of speech), phonology and other areas which appear in EFL course books and exam papers are covered in some depth. Some writing skills and differences between formal and informal English are also addressed.
The TEFL Induction Course introduces participants to and gives practice in modern teaching methods. The main content of the course focuses on methods and techniques to help language learners communicate (speak, listen, read and write) using real-life, useful language. Participants are also shown ways of teaching communicative grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in a learner-centred, interactive classroom. They practise these techniques throughout the course.
Lesson planning and other areas of TEFL are also dealt with. The main areas of grammar and phonology terminology are also covered.
Our friendly, hospitable families are carefully selected to guarantee the comforts of home-away-from-home. This option gives you more opportunities to speak English and to get to know the Maltese way of life. We regularly monitor our Host Families to ensure a comfortable and friendly environment.The majority of our Host Families are located within a 5 to 10 minute walk from Skylark School. Student Apartments
For a more independent stay, you may choose to stay in one of our Self Catering Apartments. All apartments are located within walking distance of the school (a maximum of 10 minutes on foot). Our apartments are equipped with all amenities, including washing machine, television, fans and heaters, and all have a fully equipped kitchen. Hotels
There are a number of 2 to 5 star hotels within the vicinity of Skylark. Many are a 5 to 10 minute walk away and some are only a short bus ride away.
Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a TV in the room, air-conditioning and a swimming pool. The more upmarket hotels also have a spa and/or a gym within the hotel grounds.