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Gateway School of English

English language school
in San Gwann, Malta
Gateway School of English (GSE) is well established family-run school with a personalised approach. The school was established in 2002.

We have high tuition standards and English learning success rate thanks to an excellent academic team of native teachers. Individual attention from teachers and management at all times + regular one-to-one tutorial sessions with the Director of Studies, ensuring swift academic progress in the shortest possible time. We give you individual attention in the classroom and outside it because we are not a big school.

Excellent nationality mix with students from all over the world, we do not have a predominant nationality, so your progress will be rapid in such international environment. 60% of our students come from Western, Central & Eastern Europe: Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Turkey, etc. 20% come from South America, mainly Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. 10% come from Asia, mostly Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, as well as from the Middle East (5%), mainly Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. A few others (5%), come from North African states such as Libya, Algeria and Morocco.

GSE provides a diverse social programme with activities and excursions organised exclusively for students of the school.

School is located 3 min by walking from adult residence accommodation (Bed and Breakfast basis with cooking facilities & air-conditioned rooms) in a quiet high class area in St Julian’s and only 12 minutes’ walk from St Julian’s Bay. Homestay accommodation in host families 5 to 10 minutes’ walk away from school.

Our rates include:
- Registration fees;
- Course materials;
- Course Certificate;
- Monthly Progress Test;
- One-to-One Tutorials with the Director of the Studies every 2 weeks to monitor student progress;
- Welcome Pack;
- Student Card;
- Free SIM Card.

Other fees (optional): visa extension (for students extending visa in Malta) - 20 euro, extra one-to-one private tuition - 30 euro per person.

Lessons missed on the following public holidays in Malta: 10th February, 19th, 25th & 31st March, 1st May, 7th & 29th June, 15th August, 8th September, 21st September, 8th & 13th December.

There are no cancellation fees if the cancellation is received earlier than two weeks prior to arrival. In the case of cancellations made less than two weeks prior to arrival there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the tuition and accommodation fees.
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Our budget estimation for 1 month is 1,021.4 €.
We don't include cost of study and renting of accommodation. We include cost of all food at home (153.62€), daily lunch and cappuchino as well as visiting restaurants (536.47€), moderate amount of drinks, cinema ticket per week, public transport 5 round trips per week (31.5€), 1 round trip by taxi for long distance weekly (208.25€) and fitness club membership(51.90€). Cigarettes and excursions aren't included. Depends on your lifestyle actual budget may vary.

Safety Index is 64.46, so generally speaking, this is safe place.
You feel safe in absolutely majority of situations: walking alone during daylight andnight, low chances of car stolen or being mugged or robbed, no worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion.
Disadvantages in safety: despite hight level of safety, crime increasing in the past 3 years is high.
About teachers
Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. All our teachers are native speakers of English.
Our students
We offer courses for adults, including separate course for students over 50 years old, junior courses for teenagers 12 to 17 years as well as courses for families (parents and children 4 to 12 years travelling together).
Accreditation
ELT Council; Bildungsurlaub
Facilities
- 8 bright and spacious classrooms fully equipped with the latest information technology and video facilities;
- library;
- a large courtyard;
- fully air-conditioned;
- free Wi-Fi;
- computer workstations;
- 24 hours Welfare Assistance.
Courses
  • General English
    From 18 years From 9 to 12 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For all levels
    The General English Course (20 lessons per week) is available at all levels all year round. The course will cover the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    The Intensive General English
    This is a combination course of General English (as above) and Conversational English. This course is designed for students who wish to dedicate more time to develop an increased proficiency in English in a relatively short period of time and the students who wish to maximise their available time to practise the spoken language after the General English course. Conversational English is only 6 students per class, so more chances for every students to participate in debates, discussion, pair work (with other students) and presentations.

    General English (20 lessons group) + 10 or 20 lessons per week private tuition (one-to-one)
    This is a combination course of group General English 20 lessons per week and One-to-One Private Tuition 10 or 20 lessons per week. During your afternoon private lessons, together with the teacher, you will identify those language skills and systems, which require reinforcement and revision.

    The average number of students in class in the Summer (June, July & August)- 10 students. The rest of year (January – May & September – December) - 8 students. Maximum number of students in class all year round: 12 students.

    Sample timetable for the course 20 lessons per week (Monday - Friday):
    09:00 - 10:30 - 2 lessons
    10:30 - 10:45 - break
    10:45 - 12:15 - 2 lessons

    Sample timetable for the course 30 lessons per week (Monday - Friday):
    09:00 - 10:30 - 2 lessons of General English
    10:30 - 10:45 - break
    10:45 - 12:15 - 2 lessons of General English
    12:15 - 13:00 -break
    13:00 - 14:30 - 2 lessons of Conversational English
  • One-to-One General English
    From 18 years 1 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For all levels
    A highly motivating user-related course in General English but also designed to satisfy the specific needs of an individual student. Together with the teacher, the student will identify those language skills and systems, which require reinforcement and revision.

    The emphasis, as in all the other courses, is on the practical use of English and the language tasks can be related to the job or profession in which English will be used with confidence and correctness.

    This course is available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced.
  • Business English
    From 18 years From 3 to 8 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For pre-intermediate - advanced
    This course provides students with the quickest route to communicative competence in English and is organised around the professional tasks and work-related situations of busy executives wishing to improve their English language competency for business related activities.

    The key concepts of the course include topic-based situations that help to reinforce vocabulary, speaking, writing and social English. Topic-based learning units will cover a wide range of business situations, such as using good commercial English in collecting information, drafting reports and preparing presentations, managing a job interview, writing business letters and e-mails, telephone conversations, decision making and problem solving.

    On your first day at school, you will have a language placement test to enable us to decide which level of the Business English classes is best for you.

    Average number of students in class: Winter (January – May & September – December) 3 students.
    Average number of students in class: Summer (June, July & August) 6 students.
    Maximum number of students in class all year round: 8 students.
  • IELTS Examination Preparation
    From 18 years From 6 to 8 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For intermediate - advanced
    The IELTS exam preparation course covers the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and prepares students for the IELTS examination.

    In this course the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by examination requirements. The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners. Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their band scores as much as possible.

    If the student wishes to sit for the exam at the end of the course in Malta our academic staff will assist with the registration process and will help the student fill out the application form.

    Available all year round except July & August. The maximum size per group is 8 students per class.
  • TOEFL iBT Preparation Course
    From 18 years From 6 to 8 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For intermediate - advanced
    In this course the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by the test requirements. The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners. Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their performance in the TOEFL ® iBT.

    Available all year round except July & August. The maximum size per group is 8 students per class.
  • Cambridge ESOL Examination Preparation Courses
    From 18 years From 6 to 8 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For varies
    Cambridge ESOL Examinations include various levels such as KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE. Certificates cover basic exams for those beginning to learn English, through to advanced certificates for those who have attained a high level of fluency.

    In these courses the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by examination requirements. The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners. Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their performance in the exam.

    At the end of the course you are given the opportunity to sit for the examination in Malta or in your home country.

    Available all year round except July & August. The maximum size per group is 8 students per class.
  • General English group 20 lessons per week + One-to-One (or One-to-Two) Professional English 10 lessons per week
    From 18 years From 9 to 12 students per class Length of course min 1 week Length of lesson 45 min For beginner - advanced
    This course is ideal for students who wish to improve their overall competence in English in a group setting in the morning, when they can practise all their language skills through interactive classwork, while turning their attention to their professional needs in the afternoon. Through these private lessons, with the help and guidance of their teacher, they can work on bringing together their professional expertise and their knowledge of English, in order to develop their ability to function as experts in their field within an English working environment. As with all one-to-one lessons, the main advantage of this arrangement is that the individual attention of the teacher is focused entirely on one student, so the course itself is agreed by student and teacher together, and is based on the professional needs of the student, which s/he is asked to discuss with the teacher at the start of the course.


    Combination General English group 20 lessons per week + Professional English group 10 lessons per week (available for minimum 2 students)
    This course is very useful for colleagues or professionals in the same field who are of a similar English language competence and would like to improve their general level of English with other students in the morning, while focusing on specific shared areas of their professional work in the afternoon. Together with their teacher, they can establish the goals of the course and determine which gaps in their knowledge of English are most relevant to their work. This ensures that students come away with greater confidence in their general English skills and in their applied knowledge of English for easier transfer to their professional context.

    Some examples of Professional English areas are:

    English for Engineering
    English for Medical Professionals (Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses & Paramedics)
    Aviation English
    English for Tourism
    English for Law / Legal English
    English for Art & Design
    Financial English or English for Finance
    English for IT
    English for Journalists
    English for the Oil & Gas Industry
    English for the Military
    Maritime English
    English for Agriculture
Accommodations
    GSE School Residence
    From : 18 years
    Time in transit : 3 min by walking
    The school residence is very nice idea if you want:

    - fully air-conditioned bedrooms (heating in winter & cooling in summer) and fully furnished in oak;
    - the luxury of living right next to your school/classroom (3 minutes’ walk away!);
    - free Wi-Fi access all over;
    - a clean and peaceful area that is still minutes away from the main tourist resort;
    - living in an international environment and interacting with people from all over the world (great English practice!)

    Bathrooms are shared; each bathroom is shared between approximately 4 students in winter and 6 students in summer.
    Bedrooms are cleaned on alternate days and bed linen & bath towels changed once a week. Bathrooms are cleaned twice a day.
    Homestay Accommodation
    From : 18 years
    Time in transit : 5-15 min on foot
    We have a number of carefully chosen host families living within 5-15 minutes’ walking distance from the school, which means that you would still be in the same neighbourhood. Staying with a host family enables students to interact actively with the local culture and adopt a more familial lifestyle, while ensuring total English language immersion.

    We have personally known all the families hosting our students for years, and can safely say that they are reliable people with whom students have always been happy to live. In fact, we know them so well that we can easily match students with the family most suited to their individual preferences. We also carry out regular inspections to ensure that the standards of the premises and services promised are being maintained. All our host families are fully licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority.

    If you want:
    - to experience the Maltese way of life and live with a family in a typical Maltese home;
    - to get the full benefit of total language immersion in a house where all members are native speakers of English;
    - to live not further than 5 to 15 minutes away from the school on foot;
    - to live in a smaller family setting with fewer people in the house as opposed to a residence/hotel;
    …the homestay solution is your best bet for accommodation.
    Porziuncola Residence
    From : 18 years
    Time in transit : 5-15 min on foot
    Gateway School of English offers a choice of self-catering and luxury residence. The price varies according to the month you wish to travel to Malta. Prices are per person per week and inclusive of water and electricity.
Transfer
  • Airport - round trip - 50.00
Contact of school
Address:1, Bosfru Street

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