Why learn English in Valletta?
English is one of the two official languages in Malta – a legacy from 164 years in the British Empire.
Malta is the ideal destination to combine your Mediterranean holiday with learning the English language.
This quaint European island in the southern Mediterranean Sea, located to the south of Italy is an obvious tourist hot spot thanks to it’s idyllic location and balmy climate. Malta has also become an ideal study destination for language schools in recent decades due to English being an official language on the island. Ever since Malta’s entry into the British Empire almost every Maltese inhabitant speaks fluent English.
Malta has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate with warm seawater, very mild winters and hot summers. The island also benefits from a well-developed hotel and gastronomic scene.
Cavendish School is located in the heart of the capital, Valletta, which has been named as a UNESCO world heritage site. UNESCO described Valetta as ‘One of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.’
Why a language school in Valletta?
Valletta is full of beautiful architecture built by the Knights of St. John between the 16th and 17th centuries, the founder decreed that it was ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’. You can still see this today with most of the original architecture well-preserved. There are high walls surrounding the peninsula with many buildings in baroque style.
Valletta is the smallest capital within the EU. One huge advantage is that everything can be easily reached on foot. The charming capital is a vivid, cultural and economic centre. There are many bars, cafes, restaurants and shops to enjoy in your leisure time as well as cinemas and theatres including the oldest used baroque theatre in Europe.
From Valletta you can easily travel to other destinations on the island as the coach station is only a 3-4 minute walk away from our school. It is very easy to visit the medieval city of Mdina or the sandy beaches of Malta after your lessons. The journey on the bus to every part of the island is short and inexpensive. You can also walk to many destinations such as Sliema which is only 15-20 minutes away.
Our school facilities in Valletta, Malta
Cavendish School is situated in a historic house in Valletta which was built in the 1900’s.
Once the home of a wealthy businessman, this historic home has undergone complete renovation and is even more elegant and impressive than before. Amongst the 40 language schools in Malta, we are one of only two schools whose licence has been granted in Valletta. This is a huge opportunity for our students to escape the crowds and study in a relaxed and beautiful environment.
If you would like to experience the great Maltese nightlife then buzzing Sliema and St Julian’s Bay are only a few minutes away by ferry or bus.
Our School Facilities:
- Air conditioned comfort with natural light all year round.
- Audio-visual equipment.
- Stationery and workshop.
- Internet café & Wi-Fi.
- Lift to all floors.
- Cosy cafeteria and lounge area.
- An apartment with roof top terrace available for our English language students to book.
Enjoy your free time in Malta
The sub-tropical Mediterranean climate makes the island ideal for outdoor activities all year round.
The Mediterranean Sea is ideal for all watersports and sea swimming round the coves but most especially diving. Malta is one of the world’s finest diving locations with sunken WWII bombers and undersea caves to explore. On land Malta’s other hidden treasures include some of the world’s most impressive prehistoric sites including giant cliff top temples and a 5,000 year old underground necropolis.
Valletta has a cinema with eight halls and every film is shown in English.
Concerts by international artists, theatre and art exhibitions take place almost all year round (September to June).
There are also open-air events, like traditional productions of Shakespeare in the gardens of the presidential palace and the annual festival of jazz on the quay of the Grand Harbour (July) or the annual fireworks festival all around the island.
The museums are open all year, as are the pubs, nightclubs and restaurants.
The importance of the Catholic Church is represented by many festivals (festas) in the villages and towns on the island. From June to September no week goes by without there being a festa somewhere in Malta or Gozo. During these festivals the village and the church are decorated with thousands of lights and the community worships their patron saint by way of a musical pilgrimage through the village. The highlight of every festa are the fireworks.
Tips for Valletta
- St. John’s Baroque Co-Cathedral is Malta’s most impressive church
- Grand Master’s Palace is still the official residence of the Maltese president
- Jazz sessions in the summer months every Friday on the steps of St. Ursula Street
- Isle of MTV is the annual one day pop festival on the island
- End of September: “Notte Bianca” – “Night of museums” where there are also celebrations in the streets all night long
- January: “Valletta Baroque Festival” – a celebration for lovers of baroque music
In the sea
Wherever you are on the island, you’re always close enough to enjoy watersports, diving and relaxing which are all within easy reach and available all year round.
Comino’s Blue Lagoon with it’s white sand is the top spot for swimming closely followed by Wied il-Ghasr, St. Peter’s Pool and Fomm ir-Rih. If you prefer to be more active then Mellieha Bay offers windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, banana boating and parasailing.
Malta is Europe’s best diving destination and it’s easy to understand why with the clear, deep blue water around Malta as well as the dramatic coastline. With a clear view underwater, often more than 40 meters visibility, the extraordinary world of coral reefs, caves, grottos and WWII relics are perfect for divers and underwater photographers. Because of the diversity of species, the very good water quality and the excellent view of the rocky sea bed, the diving areas around Malta are said to be one of the best in the world to view sealife. What’s more, whatever your ability is, this underwater experience is open to all.
Food and entertainment
In the main streets of Valletta as well as on the shore there are various restaurants, which offer very good food. The variety is so superb, that you will never have to visit the same restaurant twice.
Also in other parts of Malta and on Gozo there are a variety of pubs, wine bars, night clubs and restaurants, which offer local cuisine as well as food from all over the world.
Golf and walking
Malta’s golf course is located close to Valletta and welcomes its guests all year round. Golf equipment can be rented and you can also book golf classes if you like. The school is happy to find out prices for you.
In and around Valletta is a lot of development, but along the cliff line on the west of the island, in the north and on Gozo there is still beautiful countryside, to take longer walks and go on excursions. Tours can be organized by yourself or the staff of our school– all you need are sturdy shoes and sun block – also during winter months.
At Cavendish School of English, the classes are small and intimate, typically between 6 and 10 students, and never more than 12 within the class.
General English programs are designed for students of almost all levels who want a good foundation of English in a wide variety of language areas.
Besides grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing, the main aim of our English language courses are to help students communicate well in everyday situations within an English-speaking environment. General English programs are available for all levels of ability and for all age groups. Do not be shy; our oldest student to date is 81 years old!
All students who successfully complete a course at Cavendish School of English receive a Certificate of Achievement, in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Students of all abilities will quickly become more confident and fluent on the course.
The Cavendish timetable offers students plenty of variety.
Students will be able to practise their newly-learned skills and vocabulary in a relaxed and supportive classroom environment.
A wide range of teaching materials, modern teaching methodology and technology are used to ensure that classroom sessions are interesting and relevant to the students’ own experiences.
General English courses lesson length is 45 minutes.
Cambridge & IELTS
Our exam preparation courses really work! If you require a recognised qualification that will show you have the ability to communicate at a high level in both written and spoken English, the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) is the ideal course.
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) is a qualification that is recognised as proof of a very high level of fluency in English.
The CAE is highly appreciated by prospective employers, thereby improving your job opportunities.
IELTS (level 6 or above) is accepted as evidence of your ability to study in English by educational establishments throughout the English-speaking world. This qualification is often a prerequisite for entrance to higher education at university or college.
Examination courses concentrate on real language situations using a wide variety of materials including: video, contemporary literature, newspapers and materials specifically designed by your course teacher to enhance your abilities and skills.
Our lessons are available all year and they are designed to prepare you for examinations held in March, June and December.
IELTS examinations are held most months. This means, whenever you have reached the required level you can be entered for the examination.
The required level of English for the IELTS course is usually Upper Intermediate.
Cambridge Exam Courses & PET lesson length is 45 minutes.
This highly intensive course is for busy managers and executives who need to be able to use English in a range of commercial situations. The course provides a high level of input from business publications, respected excerpts from various fields, and uses case studies for discussion and English language development. A thorough needs analysis will be carried out on arrival as the course will be specially designed to suit the specific business needs of the students.
Business English courses lesson length is 45 minutes.
One to One
A teacher entirely dedicated to you!
If you prefer individual attention and need to improve as much as possible in the time available, you will benefit from one-to-one tuition with our friendly and approachable teachers.
One-to-one tuition is custom-designed for the individual student and tailored to meet their exact requirements.
Adult Courses overview
|Course||Course number||Lessons per week||Additional study||Language levels for entry||Course duration (weeks)||Minimum age|
|General English||G1||20 (15 hours)||Yes||All levels||1-50||16|
|Intensive English||G2||25 (18.8 hours)||Yes||All levels||1-50||16|
|Super Intensive English||G3||30 (22.5 hours)||Yes||All levels||1-50||16|
|Cambridge Exam Course First Cert.||C1||25 (18.8 hours)||Yes||Int.||13||16|
|Cambridge Exam Course Cert. in Adv. English||C2||25 (18.8 hours)||Yes||Upper Int.||13||16|
|IELTS exam prep.||C3||25 (18.8 hours)||Yes||Int.||4-12||16|
|Business English||B1||25 (18.8 hours)||Yes||All levels||1-50||16|
|One to One||T||10-30 (1 lesson=1 hour)||Yes||All levels||1-48||12|
Accommodation in Valletta, Malta
There is a wide range of accommodation in Malta from 5 star hotels to family owned B&B’s. Why not stay with one of our dedicated English speaking home stays for the full immersion experience? We can book accommodation close to the school or along the main bus route.
The Cavendish Apartment
Our roof terrace apartment is at the top of the school building and offers fantastic views across this beautiful city. You can rent one room or the whole apartment. It has two bedrooms (1 double bedroom and 1 twin with balcony), a fully equipped kitchen with dining table, comfortable lounge, bathroom with a shower and a washing machine. If you decide to only rent one room then get ready to make friends as you may be sharing the communal areas with another student.
The two spacious roof terraces are a wonderful addition to this charming apartment, they are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views after a day studying.
Home stay accommodation
Accommodation with private hosts is the ideal way of really getting to know the Maltese culture and local life. It also ensures students practise speaking English language outside of lessons too. Home stay providers are carefully chosen and are checked regularly by Cavendish School and the EFL Monitoring Board. Hosts in Malta are required to get a licence before they can take students.
Palazzo Sant Ursula
Palazzo Sant Ursula is a renovated, spacious 17th century building close to the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The house has a roof terrace, where you can relax on sunny days and warm summer nights. Wi-Fi is available and there is a kitchen for self-catering.
Location: Very good housing area, good connections to other parts of Malta from the coach station. This B&B is 5 minutes away from numerous stores, restaurants and cafes & about 10 minutes away from school and the coach station.
- The Bonheur Guest House is a family run house located in the heart of Malta’s vibrant capital city
- The building is 150 years old with stunning features
- 7 guest rooms in a quiet and relaxing environment.
- Only about 2 minutes from school.
Important! Please book the Guesthouse well in advance, because it gets quickly booked up, especially in the summer months!
Balco Symphony in Gzira
- Single room with own bathroom
- Two fully equipped kitchens
- Internet available
- Two minutes from Valletta by bus
Balco Harmony in Gzira
- Double and shared rooms available
- The facilities are similar to those of the Balco Symphony
- 3 star Hotel with an excellent location on the Sliema seafront
- Outdoor pool with children’s section & indoor pool
- Fitness room & sauna
- Hairdresser & Nail Technician
- Indian à la carte restaurant, Chinese à la carte restaurant and continental buffet restaurant
- Children’s play area, games room, bar & internet cafe open 24-hrs a day
- Bus stop within a few meters away that drives you around the Maltese island
- 20-25 minutes from school by bus
- 5 star hotel located in Valletta
- Amazing views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island
- Unforgettable dining experience
- Beautiful furnishing and decor
- Its central position allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands
- Only 10 minutes on foot from school