English courses and lessons in Malta and an international mix of nationalities in our classrooms
Learning English is not only about learning the grammar rules but also in knowing when and how to apply those rules when speaking in English. This is what we emphasise on here at Gateway School of English GSE in St Julian’s. We are aware that most of the students know the grammar rules because they would have learnt them at school or English courses take privately but they lack practice and cannot apply these rules when speaking in English among colleagues, workmates or schoolmates. This is the main reason why we always ensure a good mix of nationalities in our classrooms, not only during lessons but also in our accommodation (homestay, school residence or self-catering apartments and hotels), as well as during our extracurricular activities and the social programme which we organise for our students during their free time. We believe that the more nationalities and the better the mix of cultures and nationalities the greater the chance of students interacting in English and hence the faster the learning progress for our students. Student-student interaction is a very important aspect in language learning and at GSE we encourage that students speak in English as much as possible between them both during school hours as well as outside the classroom, whether they are on a school organised activity or simply visiting places or out having a drink with their schoolmates in nearby St Julian’s Bay.
Gateway School of English GSE is renowned for its balanced mix of nationalities and this is a guarantee which we promise students who study and take English lessons with us. Every year GSE attracts students from all over the world, both from countries where the school is already very well known and has a vast network of representatives as well as from new countries where Malta is not as popular as a destination. The class photo below was taken last Friday 18th May 2018 of an intermediate level General English group course and shows students from Germany, Estonia, France, Colombia, Turkey, China, Brazil and Ukraine.