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Interview with Patricia Marshall, School Owner and Director of Alpha School of English: “The language impacts all aspects of social life.”

Alpha School of English 

Patricia Marshall, School Owner and Director, Alpha School of English

 

Why would a student choose your school?

Committed to excellence in English language instruction, we strive to exceed our students’ expectations.
We are a small school located in a quiet and English speaking area of Malta. This means we offer you a personal approach and the local area is ideal for students looking for a relaxed and student friendly leisure time. We focus mainly on:

– English courses for families of all ages from 2 years to 60 years upwards!
– English and training courses for professionals including Teachers, Politicians, Business etc.
– Long stay students looking to improve their English fluency for study and work
– Personalised school group programmes looking to mix education, experience and leisure

 

 

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

To improve your language skills, experience a different style of teaching, learn about new cultures and perspectives, self develop confidence and the total immersion in language learning experience.

 

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

The importance of language in tourism is growing continually and impacts all aspects of social life. Language tourism and all that it encompasses, is one of the most substantial, energetic industries in the world. Language tourists and the local population, experience a very unique and comprehensive communication aspect.

 

 

What is a day like for a student at your school and how is networking among classmates?

Professional Practices – to improve language skills to be able to grow professionally in the future with employers recognising the importance of the English language at the workplace.

 

THE SCHOOL


Alpha School of English
Name of School

Alpha School of English

Country/City

Malta/Saint Paul’s Bay

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

Alpha School of English is a well-established EFL school, licensed by Malta’s Ministries of Education and Tourism and approved by the ELT Council. Established in 1991, our English school has welcomed junior and adult students from all over the world to learn English in Malta for over thirty years.

Our extensive range of English courses are run by an international team of dedicated and highly qualified English teachers who are also native speakers of the English language. The modular nature of our course structure means that you can tailor-make your study experience at Alpha School of English and your stay in Malta to suit your specific requirements.

 

 

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

Alpha School of English is open all the year round except for public holidays. Almost all courses begin on a Monday and end on a Friday.

It is possible to begin a course on any Monday during the prescribed period. Minimum course length is 1 week and the maximum length is 50 weeks. One lesson takes 45 minutes. Standard Courses are from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Intensive Courses are from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. or 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

All our lessons are held at the main Alpha School of English building in St. Paul’s Bay. However One-to-One courses may be held elsewhere by special arrangement (for example at the student’s place of accommodation). Please note that when there is only one student taking a group course, the number of lessons is reduced by a third.
Courses: Play School (2-7) / kidsclub (8-12) / teen (13-16) /Adult General English courses / Business English / a range of Professional courses for Erasmus+ mobility / one to one / two to one

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

Conveniently located in St Paul’s Bay, a traditional fishing village which is also a popular family resort, the school is also just a short distance away from Malta’s main sandy beaches and places of interest. The relaxed Mediterranean environment in St Paul’s Bay complements the friendly and helpful atmosphere you will find when learning English at Alpha School of English. Our classes are small, so individual attention is guaranteed throughout your course and stay in Malta.

Interview with Paul Gallina, Managing Director of Southbourne School of English: “I see a great demand for EFL in the future”

Southbourne School of English 

Paul Gallina, Managing Director, Southbourne School of English

 

Why would a student choose your school?

Established in 1966, a family owned language school. A member of Quality English and IALC, a high quality school. Great nationality mix, experienced teachers and long term host families.

 

 

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Living with an english family and studying in an english school is the best way to learn a language.

 

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

I see a great demand for EFL in the future.

 

 

What is a day like for a student at your school and how is networking among classmates?

Long term intensive courses, vacation courses, school groups.

 

THE SCHOOL


Southbourne School of English
Name of School

Southbourne School of English

Country/City

United Kindom /Bournemouth

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

High quality host families within walking distance of the school.

Great nationality mix.

Experienced teachers.

A safe environment to live and great location to live, near the beach and popular high street.

 

 

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

All types of english language for adults and juniors, examinations, vacation programmes, online group courses.

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

Award winning beach 10 minutes from School.

Most popular South coast resort.

Excellent night life in a university town.

Interview with Saeed Adam, Head Of Business Development of Liverpool School of English: “I see the future of language tourism becoming more niche, I still think more people want to learn a new language more than ever.”

Liverpool School of English 

Saeed Adam, Head Of Business Development, Liverpool School of English

 

Why would a student choose your school?

What is Liverpool School of English ethos?

Are ethos being to create a nurturing environment where all our students learn and succeed in achieving their goals and aspirations whilst enjoying their experience. We do this by promoting a welcoming, friendly, and caring international environment whilst maintaining the highest professional standards.

What do you love most about Liverpool?

I love this city; that is why I love marketing this city to the world so they can experience the wonderful energy and humour I experience every day. The people of this city are its greatest assets as well as being fantastic ambassadors.

If you could describe your business in 3 words what would they be?

Knowledge, memories, fun.

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

At LSE we make a promise to our students: that we will provide to our students a fun, nurturing environment full of memories, ensuring they receive a complete student experience with high quality teaching, making sure they receive great value for money. All of this delivered with that unique and personal touch by our highly qualified and friendly staff.

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Such a hard question but i will try to answer. I see the future of language tourism becoming more niche, I still think more people want to learn a new language more than ever and experience new cultures. Humans are explorers and that cant be dimed by COVID or any other setback. I think quality independent schools like us will continue to be in demand.

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future?

I still think General English will be the most popular course although other courses will grow in popularity. We have seen IELTS and Cambridge courses continue to be popular as well.

 

THE SCHOOL


Liverpool School of English 3
Name of School

Liverpool School of English

Country/City

Liverpool/United Kingdom

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

We are the oldest and most established school in Liverpool with over 20 years of delivering quality education. According to British Council inspection results we are now placed within the top 8% of the schools within the UK.

We understand that it is difficult to plan for Summer 2021 at the moment but we are available to discuss your plans and ideas to look for ways to collaborate in these difficult times. Typically, we offer a fantastic summer programme for teenagers in groups in July and August with multi-national classes, a full activity programme and a choice of host family or residential accommodation. Alternatively, we can offer a year-round bespoke group programme.

In addition to our courses for younger learners, we offer year-round General English, IELTS preparation, Cambridge Exam preparation, OET preparation, Teacher Training and Development and English for Business courses for adults.

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

Our courses include:

General English
IELTS Preparation
IELTS Preparation & General English
Cambridge B2 First and Cambridge C1 Advanced Preparation Courses
Trinity CertTESOL, Cambridge TKT (Teacher Knowledge Test) and Teacher Development Course with CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning)
Occupational English Test (OET)
Academic Skills
Communication Skills
English For Business
Live Liverpool
Private Tuition (1:1)
Junior Summer Schools for groups in Liverpool
Tailor-made group programmes for juniors and adults
Online Courses

Our fantastic facilities include:

Free Wi-Fi hotspots
A book, CD and DVD lending library
26 digital classrooms – 20 with interactive whiteboards
2 computer suites
A beautiful garden
An onsite coffee shop where you can buy light meals and hot and cold drinks
A common room where you can relax, watch TV, chat, browse the internet and have a hot or cold drink

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

Liverpool is a wonderful city for international students. It is the perfect size. It is compact, safe and easy to get around. It is also vibrant and exciting with lots to see and do.
The city is famous for its history, architecture, sport, music and friendly people. Our waterfront is a UNESCO world heritage site. We have many beautiful parks and more museums and galleries than any UK city outside London. Liverpool is rich in history, culture and tradition yet it is also modern and vibrant. The city is alive with innovation and creativity. This inspiring combination is perfect for learning, enjoying new experiences and having fun with new friends.
Our students quickly fall in love with Liverpool. They enjoy meeting friendly local people as well as students from all over the UK and the world. They tell us they feel at home here and that Liverpool is a special place for them. Our school is located in the Knowledge Quarter of the city centre.

Interview with Erica da Silva Pereira, Regional Sales Manager Latin America of LAL Language Centres: “Good relationships cannot be maintained without good quality communication between people.”

LAL Language Centres 

Erica da Silva Pereira, Regional Sales Manager Latin America, LAL Language Centres

 

Why would a student choose your school?

Because LAL has more than 40 years of experience empowering people to communicate effectively with the global community by means of an excellent and enriching learning experience. We only have native and certificate teachers, also we work with the National Geographic Learning. If English is needed for work, travel or study LAL’s experienced teachers can help the students to practice the language using technology and real life situations. We like our students to be involved in their learning, so as well as planning lessons and progress checks we ask students about what they want to learn. LAL offers daily feedback from teachers, weekly tests as well as end of level exams.

 

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Studying abroad is therefore a unique opportunity to see more of the world, it is an opportunity to help people to learn new languages, appreciate other cultures, overcome challenges of living in another country and gain a greater understanding of the world. English is an universally used language, it can be quite advantageous to study in a country such as South Africa. Students will be able to study in English, speak to locals and really develop their language skills.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Language barriers have widely been recognized as a critical obstacle to transcultural communication, which can impede people’s intention to visit a place or work for an international company or have a deal with someone in another country. Good relationships cannot be maintained without good quality communication between people. While the humanity exist the people must be prepared for the Real Life, which means be able and prepared for new opportunities and experiences and I am sure that the language skills is much important as a degree. So, even the challenging times our industry is facing I see our future with good hope and positivism.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future?

English for Work, English for Academic Purposes and Exam Preparation.

 

THE SCHOOL


LAL Language Centres
Name of School

LAL Language Centres

Country/City

Cape Town/South Africa

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

LAL offers unforgettable English with unforgettable people through unforgettable experiences. There are thousands of ways our students could spend their time in our destination. But at LAL, we pack our Real Life English activities with specially-designed dynamics to make sure that our students not only having fun, but learning new skills, connecting with people who share your interests, exploring the culture of our unique destination and, most importantly, living all of it in English.
Also we have a campus where the students can study and live at the same place it means we offer School and Student Residence in the same building, so the students can socialize and share experiences/cultures outside of the classroom, living together.

 

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

General English, Intensive English, English for 30+, English for Finance & Business, English for Marketing, English for Tourism and Travel, Exam Preparation (IELTS and Cambridge), English + Volunteering

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

Cape Town offers every tourist the perfect combination of picturesque ocean views together with a spectacular mountain backdrop, this city is drop dead gorgeous. It is hard to travel anywhere in the city without jaw dropping beauty to look at. Cape Town has endless beauty to explore and activities to suit every personality from lying on perfect white sandy beaches, being pampered in luxury five star resorts to action filled days hiking up Table Mountain, paragliding, zip lining, visiting the cutest penguins in the world, world heritage sites or spend your days relaxing in the most gorgeous wine regions. In our neighborhood the students can find restaurants, supermarkets, beach, stores, laundry and much more. It is important to remember that everything is walking distance, no more than 5 or 10 minutes on foot from the school.

Interview with Michael McGarry, Director of SWAN Training Institute: “Society is changing and the so the profile of our customers.”

SWAN Training Institute 

Michael McGarry, Director, SWAN Training Institute

 

Why would a student choose your school?

We have more than 35 years of experience in teaching English to students from all around the world and we always focus on the quality of our teaching. We have a deep passion for what we do and we care to support our students in every way we can soothed can have an unforgettable experience.

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Spending a time abroad studying is an one-in-a-lifetime experience that students never regret. We believe that language is learnt inside and outside the classroom. The best way to do it is by combining both. At the same time of the total immersion the students learn a bit more about our wonderful culture and history.

How do you see the future of language tourism?

I believe language tourism will be adapted to the new circumstances as it has been doing since a long time now. Society is changing and the so the profile of our customers. We need to see that and change with them in order to offer them what they need in the way they need it. We should inspire them and motive them to learn.

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future?

We have noticed that one of the most in demand courses already is ILETS which is useful for both studying and working. Nevertheless, we believe that a combination of courses is essential such as general English and Business or General English and Culture where students keep learning English but through different discipline. I reckon that it has never been more important to know a language as it is now and specially English. As well as the Erasmus+ programmes are growing more and more as the profile of the companies has changed as well and in concrete the international companies. they really appreciate the candidates who have a working experience abroad.

 

THE SCHOOL


SWAN Training Institute 2
Name of School

SWAN Training Institute

Country/City

Dublin/Ireland

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

We use the latest teaching methodologies in our classrooms and we approach our teaching in a more dynamic and interactive way so students are the centre of it. Being a small school it gives us the possibility for a more personalised attention to our students. All our teachers are highly qualified with many years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language. We work equally all the skill (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) insisting more to the communicative part of the language.

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

General English Course (morning or afternoon) and IELTS exam preparation (morning)
Junior summer course, Mini-stays and teacher Training Courses (CELT and CLIL)
STEM and English for Aviation

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

We are in the centre of Dublin on the most famous street (Grafton street). Our prime location is easily accessible from everywhere. Also, our school is surrounded by all the necessary utilities such as restaurants, fast food chains, pubs, pharmacies, coffee shops, trinity College and in a very short walking distance we have the famous Spire. Just 5 mins walking for the schools we can find the well known Stephen’s Green park and the Stephen’s Green shopping centre. Just around the corner you find the Nation Gallery and the Archaeological Museum with free entrance.

Interview with Robin Adams, President of CES Toronto: “Things will start slowly at first.”

CES Toronto 

Robin Adams, President, CES Toronto

 

Why would a student choose your school?

Our school opened in 1979 and we have 42 years of experience helping students reach their goals. Our teachers are dynamic and skillful educators ready to help our students develop their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

We are focused on delivering a very personal experience. And as part of the CES Group of schools, our students benefit in being able to have access to a wealth of resources such as CES Direct Learning, CES Online, etc.

Moreover, as an Accredited Member of the International Association of Language Centres, we are able to deliver internationally recognized and respected approaches to our students studying in Toronto, Canada.

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Studying abroad is perhaps the one activity that will help students not only improve their skills, but will also help them develop a better understanding of themselves. COVID has interrupted everyone’s lives. Choosing to study abroad can help students improve their ability to communicate and have meaningful life experiences. This is also all about identifying what is important in our lives and learning where we want to focus.

The staff at CES Toronto are ready to help students make that journey.

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Things will start slowly at first. There will be a few innovators who test the waters initially, and then when others see them having incredible experiences all in very safe environments which follow government protocols, then people will race to get their lives back on track and enjoy the experiences they had to put on hold for too long.

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future?

Academic programs with Pathways to High Schools, Colleges and Universities. I also see key business programs with an emphasis on digital marketing as being very much in demand in the next 12 months.

 

THE SCHOOL


CES Toronto
Name of School

CES Toronto

Country/City

Toronto/Canada

 

What are the most significant things the school can offer?

We have a strong Pathway program helping students transfer to High Schools, Colleges and Universities in Canada. Our Individual Education Plans (IEPs) help guide students to be able to reach their personal and academic goals.

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

General English – Online and Face-to-face
Business English
Exam Preparation (IELTS, Cambridge, English for Medical Purposes OET)
Pathways
Junior Programs

 

What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

Our school is located 150 meters from the main city square (Yonge-Dundas Square). We are behind City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. So, we are at the centre of this extremely multi-cultural and dynamic city. We are close to all the main attractions and just a 20 minute walk to the Harbour front.