Student: Thomas Habl – Germany
Workshop 4th May 2010 on ‘How to write right’
Writing task: A report
To: Education authorities in Malta
From: Thomas Habl
Subject: Recommendation Malta IEC as a language holiday destination
Date : 7th May 2010
The purpose of this report is to recommend Malta EC School as a perfect language school for foreign students.
In EC School there are many facilities e.g. Internet café, café chat, free lessons, welcome dinner. In the Internet café, there are more than 30 computers with free Internet. You can also take your own notebook with you and join WIFI. Unfortunately, the Internet is very often cut off but I think that is a general problem in Malta. In my opinion, the café chat is very recommendable because you have the opportunity to talk to many different people from foreign countries. I am convinced that the free lessons like “how to write right” are en excellent opportunity to improve English skills. Another interesting point to improve the English skills is the welcome dinner on the first day of school. There you can enjoy a 3 course-meal in the ambiance of a traditional Maltese farmhouse and you can talk to many other students. All students have also the chance to borrow books from the library of the school. So you can read a book in your free time for example.
There are also many activities, like parties, welcome dinner or excursions to Gozo. Every week there are many parties in different bars and discos e.g. Footloose or Hugo’s where you can meet a lot of students from different countries. So you are automatically forced to speak English with the other students. The students have also a great chance to improve their language skills by visiting different excursions like Gozo or Blue Grotto.
The staff at EC School is very friendly and helpful. The lessons make the students happy because the lessons are totally different compared with the former school lessons in my home country. EC School is also very well organized.
In view of the above mentioned facts, I feel that Malta EC School can be recommended as an ideal place to study English.
The EC Beach Club is now open for all Adult Students (excluding Sunday’s & Public Holidays). It is located at the Corinthia Marina Hotel up the road from St. Georges Beach. Just present your EC Card at the entrance and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the sunbed by the sea… don’t forget your Sun Block!
Article by student and intern Ayako Sakai, Japan
May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. It’s called Children’s Day nowadays but traditionally it’s known as “Tango no sekku” and families with a boy/boys celebrate this day by flying Koinobori (carp streamers) and displaying decorations featuring samurai helmets and armor inside the house in hope of healthy growth of the boys. Koinobori are cloth streamers in the shape of a carp which are flown on a tall pole on Children’s day. Carp are believed to be fish capable of climbing up stream against rapid currents and overcoming all manner of obstacles. Therefore, carp are taken as a symbol of the strength, courage and patience to accomplish major goals. Nowadays, Children’s Day is celebrated in hope of healthy growth, happiness, and prosperity of both boys and girls.
Malta is rated as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the World thanks to its many great diving sites including wrecks, caves and reefs that surround the island. Malta’s underworld consists of rare marine life as well as shipwrecks dating as far back as the 3rd Century, and the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Student Christine Mourtzakis shares her diving experience while studying at EC Malta:
“Before coming to Malta, I had never been diving. I was very lucky to start this wonderful experience in one of the TOP diving destinations. My first thoughts since this is considered to be an extreme sport were concerning and at first I felt very anxious. I was afraid, and I didn’t know what to do and if I would be safe. But after a few minutes while I was speaking to the Divewise staff, I was relieved and I started my wonderful diving experience. I saw amazing places, wrecks from the Second World War, barracudas, jellyfish, seahorses, octopus… In addition to this, I met a lot of amazing people thanks to the many diving courses! I recommend it to anyone who wants to discover another world!”
EC’s dive centre is ‘Divewise’, one of Malta’s top diving centres just minutes away from the school. They provide various packages from tasters and PADI courses, to day dive packages to suit everyone’s needs. Don’t miss out on this exciting experience with a professional dive centre which gives safety top priority at the cheapest rates possible. Check out EC student rates and come book your dive at our EC reception!