International House Malta: Teaching the World to Talk
Mission StatementInternational House Malta promotes innovation and high quality standards in language learning, teaching, and teacher training. By taking pride in our teachers, students, admin and academic staff, we bring a sense of community into our school, helping all of our students experience English in and outside the classroom.
IH Malta was founded in 2001 on the beautiful island of Gozo. In 2005 we launched our summer programmes for YOUNG LEARNERS in Paradise Bay in the north of Malta. Two years later, in 2007, we opened our ADULT SCHOOL in St. Julians, which is also our main centre where the school operates from on a daily basis.At the moment all the three centres are active and offer different types of programmes and classes to help each of our students find the type of classes, leisure and accommodation to fit their needs, interests, and lifestyle.
What Makes us Special
Our school is not just a great location, or nice air-conditioned rooms and interactive whiteboards, and not even the variety of fun trips that students can book every day. What makes us special is the people that come together under the roof of our beautiful HOUSE, making it truly INTERNATIONAL (see below).
Our ACADEMIC STAFF take care of our teachers, making sure they continue their professional development through workshops, seminars, conferences, and fun events.Our ADMIN STAFF really keep this school going – they make sure that our students make it there on time for their first class, that they feel at home in their accommodation and in the school. They meet the students and take them to school, feed them Pastizzi every Monday, help them book trips and make sure they enjoy their stay in Malta as much as they can.
Director of Studies
Other languages spoken: Spanish
Hobby or interesting fact: before moving to the field of education I worked in the pet industry for a number of years. I’ve always had animals in my life and even today I have 2 Persian cats. I find going to pets shops to buy their food strangely soothing.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: there’s something special about working for IH, a real sense of community where we all share the same common bond. I’ve met so many amazing teachers, students, and support staff over the years, and look forward to more faces old and new in the future.
Training and Strategic Development Specialist
Other languages spoken: Russian, Latvian, French, Spanish, Italian, and looking forward to learning some Maltese as well.
Hobby or interesting fact: I love going on long nature walks and experiencing new countries and cultures. I also occasionally write short stories and poems and I absolutely love colouring in! Interesting fact: I was a dancer in an Irish dancing group for a couple of years.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: I am an ‘IH baby’ – I came to work at International House Riga when I was barely 20 with great ambitions and very little teaching experience. IH have guided me and helped me develop professionally throughout these years, providing support, training and motivating me to open new doors. And now with IH Malta I feel the same – at home and surrounded by friends. That is why to me IH is not just a language school – it is a family, where teachers, trainers, admin staff and students all work together, make new friends, develop, grow, and learn languages.
Other languages spoken: Maltese, English
Ray Spiteri is Maltese but is a native English speaker. He is in his late fifties and comes from a banking and business background. He has been in the EFL business for the past ten years, starting out as a teacher and then moving into administration and management. He puts his vast experience to good use and is very much a hands-on CEO of Business Language Connection Ltd., the local company that operates International House Malta and the student residence Villa Belview.
Other languages spoken: Maltese, English
Hobby or interesting fact: Dancing, watching TV series, going on hikes with my dogs.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: being part of an international family.
Other languages spoken: Italian
Hobby or interesting fact: I’m a very sociable person, I have friends from all over the planet! I’m a backpacker, I love travelling to bits and I’m always up for a new adventure. How to make me happy? Take me for a SPA DAY! I worked as an entertainer for nine seasons in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain; after that I moved to England where I worked as a croupier and receptionist in a casino.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: I love studying English, and every day at work, I get the chance to improve my language skills. Sharing my life and my experiences with people from all over the world has become part of my daily routine and I love it! You can learn a lot from everybody. English is not just a language, it is part of my life.
We are really proud of our TEACHERS – a team of creative and open-minded professionals who love their job and respect their students. With their own unique teaching styles, professional background and experience, they approach each of our students individually, helping them maximise their learning in and outside the classroom.
Other languages spoken: German, French, Afrikaans.
Hobby or interesting fact: I grew up in different countries in Africa where I trained and worked as a physiotherapist. Little did I guess how much my life would change by coming to Malta...
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: Becoming and EFL teacher and sharing experiences with students from far-away places has brought the world to my doorstep, and my love of English and travelling together! I love being part of the greater IH family as well as being part of a small team of dedicated teachers!
Other languages spoken: German
Hobby or interesting fact: baking.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: Because it’s such a small school it feels like being in a family. I like teaching because it’s rewarding and even though I’m the teacher, I learn something new from my students every day.
Other languages spoken: Serbian, some Italian and I understand most of the Slavic languages.
Hobby or interesting fact: I love baking. I worked as a beauty therapist for 15 years.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: I like teaching at IH because it is a small school and we get to know all the students and the staff are very friendly.
Other languages spoken: Italian, conversational French.
Hobby or interesting fact: In my other life a boat-dwelling barista in London. I can crack my nose.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: It’s a small school, so students are people not numbers. Classes are small so we are able to give students the attention they need.
Hobby or interesting fact: Over the years, I’ve acquired the completely useless skill of reading and I can survive pretty well in Spanish-speaking countries. My first love, however, has always been English literature.
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: Half Maltese, half Filipino, and also, somehow, 100% American, I was delighted to find my English teaching family here at IH Malta ☺
Other languages spoken: I don’t speak any other languages well, although I’m trying to learn Italian at the moment. I find it really hard and can appreciate how difficult it is to learn another language!
Hobby or interesting fact: I love travelling and have visited lots of countries. Some time ago, I lived in Bangladesh for three years – what an amazing experience! Malta is a great place to live – there are so many amazing places to visit and I really enjoy the Meditteranean climate and food! During my time here I’ve become addicted to cannoli – beautiful!!
Why I like teaching/love working at IH: International House Malta is a great place. Classes are small and friendly and during my time here, I’ve met students from all over the world.
And, of course, our STUDENTS – our cheeky YOUNG LEARNERS, fun and energetic YOUNG ADULTS, ambitious BUSINESS AND CORPORATE CLIENTS, and wise and adventurous 50+ learners: each and every one of you makes a difference to our lives: we learn from you and with you, we are grateful for your faith in us, and we are really proud to see you grow in our school and succeed outside it. You are what makes us INTERNATIONAL HOUSE!
Affiliates and Licensing
International House World Organisation
Founded in 1953 by John and Brita Haycraft, the IHWO (International House World Organisation) is committed to excellence in language teaching and teacher training.
Our affiliation with IHWO comes with both benefits and responsibilities. The main benefit of being part of IH is the training that they provide to all of the IH teachers. This includes access to free materials and resources developed by IH teachers, annual conferences and webinars, as well as professional development courses, a number of which are internationally recognised.
Our main responsibility is to provide high quality courses, making sure that all of our teachers have at least a CELTA (or equivalent) or a DELTA, and that they undergo continuous professional development. The quality of the services that we provide is assessed through regular IHWO inspections.
At the moment, there are 159 INTERNATIONAL HOUSE affiliated schools in more than 50 countries all over the globe. International House STUDY ABROAD SCHOOLS teach over 8 different languages to over 50,000 people worldwide.
For more details visit www.ihworld.com
FELTOM stands for Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations in Malta and was founded in 1989.
ACCREDITATION: being a FELTOM-accredited English language school means having a seal of quality.
CO-OPERATION: FELTOM develops co-operation between its 20 member schools to safeguard and bring forward the industry’s interests. It is also recognised by various government ministries and authorities as the main representative body of the Maltese EFL industry.
STUDENTS: FELTOM hosts a variety of events for learners.
PROFESSIONALISM: it also contributes to the development of teaching professionals through workshops and conference.
For more details visit www.feltom.com
EAQUALS (Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services) is an international association of organisations involved in language education. Its aim is to promote and guarantee high quality of language teaching and learning. To achieve this aim, EAQUALS has created and published a demanding set of criteria to verify the quality offered by its accredited members – schools offering courses in a variety of languages in 31 countries.
For more details visit www.eaquals.org
ELT Council Board
The mission of the Monitoring Board for EFL schools is to foster the ELT profession and industry in all its aspects.
For more details visit www.eflmalta.gov.mt
National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE)
International House Malta is licensed as a Higher Education Institution (License number: 2016-009) by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE).
What is Bildungsurlaub?
Bildungsurlaub is a German education initiative where individuals can take an extra 10 days’ paid company leave to attend accepted educational courses that advance their profession.
We are pleased to announce our first accredited states, Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Rheinland Pfalz.
More accreditations will be coming soon.
|Brandenburg||Intensive English (30 lessons), all levels
Brandenburgisches Weiterbildungsgesetz - BbgWBG
|Rheinland Pfalz||Intensive English (30 lessons), all levels
Bildungsurlaub in Rheinland-Pfalz
|Schleswig-Holstein||Intensive English (30 lessons), all levels
|Hamburg||Intensive English (30 lessons), all levels
How can I apply?
Download the relevant application form and contact your state agency. We only accept direct bookings under this programme. Applications and acceptance must be given BEFORE the course begins.
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Our commitment at International House Malta is to achieve excellence in the teaching of English by top professionals in an enjoyable boutique school atmosphere. Quality is achieved through the understanding of the students’ individual needs, hard work, and sustained through continuous training and development. This is extended to all our services.
How do I book?
You can book through out website by clicking “Request quote” at the bottom of this page. You can also send an e-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply within one working day. You can also come to the school and enrol in person.
Where can I stay?
There are several options to choose from: school apartments, school residence, homestay, hotels, or you can arrange your own accommodation. Otther parts of the Island are easily accessible by public transport. Accommodation that we offer is affordable, clean, and suitable for anyone over 18.
How do I get there?
Getting to Malta is easy thanks to airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet and Air Malta. Once on the island you need to make your way to St Julian’s. You can get a bus or a taxi. The school is located on Triq Is-Sirk just off the regional road. If you are coming by car, head along the regional road towards the north of the island. After you leave the last tunnel you will cross Manuel Dimech Bridge. Ignore the first exit to Swieqi and proceed through the Paceville traffic lights. 100m after the traffic lights is the second exit to Swieqi. The school is clearly visible on the left with its dark blue garden wall with a grafiti painting on it. If you arrive by bus, you will need to get off at the San Giljan bus stop. Cross the road and walk towards the mini roundabout. When you see a blue building on the corner on your right, walk straight ahead. The road bends left then right. At the junction, turn left and walk under the tunnel. On leaving the tunnel turn immediately right and walk up the hill. The school is at the top of the road on the left.
What levels do you teach?
Our school offers a variety of levels, from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficiency). To determine your level of English we will ask you to do an online placement test on our website, and one of the members of our academic team will also talk to you upon your arrival to make sure that you are placed in the right group.If, for some reason, you won’t have done the online test by the time you arrive we will ask you to do a pen and paper placement test when you come to the school.
Some facts about Malta and useful information
- Languages spoken: English, Maltese
- Weather: Average high is 29 degrees in August and average low is 13 degrees in January
- Swimming season: April till October
- Best months to travel: March, April, September & October
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
- Status: Republic
- Population Malta: 380,000
- Size of Malta: 316 km2
- Population Gozo: 31,000
- Size of Gozo: 67 km2
- Religion: Catholicism
- Capital City Malta: Valletta
- Capital City Gozo: Victoria
- Largest town: Birkirkara
- Leisure centre: St .Julian’s
- Airport: Malta International Airport, Gudja
- Calling code: +356
- Malta Ferry terminal: Cirkewwa
- Voltage: 240 volts (Plugs & adaptors: three-pin square British style plugs are used)
- Driving in Malta: Driving is on the left
- Telephones: The easiest way for students to call home is by purchasing a telephone card available from various shops around Gozo and Malta, or from Maltacom Head Offices, in Victoria or Valletta. Cards are available from €5 – €12.5. These cards can all be used to make both local and international phone calls from various telephone boxes around the islands. Telephone boxes which accept coins are not very common in Gozo. From a fixed phone you can save money by using VoIP technology – dial 1021 before the international access code “00” and talk via the internet for €0.0375per minute.
Malta & Gozo
Malta and Gozo are the two biggest islands of the Maltese archipelago. Malta is a bigger island, which has a lot to offer its visitors in terms of social and cultural events, sightseeing, and nightlife. Gozo, a more rural island, too, has a lot to offer – with its beautiful beaches, nature, and a variety of historical sights, it is certainly worth a visit!
Mata, located in the very heart of the Mediterranean, has been attracting people from all over the world for over 7000 years. All of them, friendly visitors, guests, invaders, and conquerors, have left us with a unique historical, cultural, and linguistic legacy. The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities who occupied Malta over the centuries has created a combination of styles and traditions, giving the islands a fascinating eclectic culture.
- 1000 BC – The colonization of the Maltese Islands by the Phoenicians begins
- 60 AD – St Paul is shipwrecked on the Maltese coast
- 1565 – Malta defeats the Ottoman army bringing to an end the Great Siege of Malta
- 1914 – Malta becomes one of the British colonies
- 1964 – Malta gains independence from Britain
- 1974 – Malta is proclaimed a republic
- 1979 – The last British ship departs from Malta
- 2004 – Malta joins the EU
- 2008 – The euro becomes the official currency of Malta
The culture of Malta reflects various societies that have come into contact with the Maltese Islands throughout the centuries, including neighbouring Mediterranean cultures, and the cultures of the nations that ruled Malta for long periods of time until gained its independence in 1964. Go to museums, visit a variety of historical sites, go to a concert, watch an open air theatre performance, or join a workshop to learn one of the local crafts. You will be amazed at the amount of ways in which you can experience the Maltese culture.
Eating Out and Nightlife
A great variety of restaurants are available for all tastes and budgets from gourmet dining to fast food. There are several places that specialise in typical Maltese food, such as, for instance, Malta’s national dish: rabbit cooked with garlic, wine and tomatoes. You can also find lots of Italian, Chinese and Indian cafes and restaurants.
Those who prefer going out in the evening will not be disappointment – with its main leisure and entertainment areas in St Julian’s and Sliema, Malta has a thriving nightlife, with weekly concerts, festivals, bars and nightclubs to suit a variety of tastes, age groups, and budgets.
Things to do and places to go…
As you may have already realised, Malta has a lot to offer. Our school offers you lots of trips and activities to help you discover the beauty of the Maltese islands and practice English at the same time. Learn more about our activities