Gateway School of English (GSE)

No. 1 - San Gwann

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The Gateway Story

Founded in 2002, Gateway School of English GSE has become one of Malta’s best English language schools, preferring quality to quantity, combining academic excellence, the best possible facilities and equipment with an extraordinary commitment to individual attention. This is our cutting edge. This is our competitive advantage.

A family enterprise, owned and managed by a dedicated family!

Gateway School of English (Licence no. 241/MB 08), fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and fully compliant with the regulations of the Ministry’s ELT English Language Teaching Council (the recognised authority regulating the English language teaching industry in Malta), and the Gateway School Residence are owned and managed by Netz Educational Services Ltd., a company registered (Registration no. C26605) under Maltese law on the 27th of June, 2000.

10 Reasons why should you choose GSE:

1. Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced.
2. We give you individual attention in the classroom and outside it because we are not a big school.
3. We deliver One-to-One as well as Group Tuition, in any case, we work exclusively with small groups.
4. At Gateway School of English you will find all levels of General English, Business and Professional English courses,Conversation English as part of the Intensive English Course, Exam preparation courses mainly Cambridge ESOL, IELTS examinations and TOEFL® iBT, Parent & Child courses / Family courses for parents & children travelling together, Teacher Training Courses eligible for Erasmus plus funding, as well as English Plus programmes (sports, culture, history and just about anything you can think of)
and Junior Programmes for students aged between 12 and 17 years.
5. Eight out of ten students who choose Gateway School of English, do so because it was recommended to them by friends who have already studied with us. What better testimonial to the quality of our product than such word-of-mouth recommendations?
6. We guarantee full, friendly and effective assistance by our staff from arrival to departure. We are there for you literally 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
7. GSE is attended 24 hours, meaning student welfare/support is guaranteed throughout your stay.
8. You can join classes on any day of the week as our lessons are specifically designed to include all aspects of English language learning. Any lessons missed on arrival & departure day due to flight time will be compensated with afternoon lessons.
9. We promise you that we will make your English language learning experience in Malta a memorable one!
10. The world is one neighbourhood at Gateway School of English! You will all be living in the same neighbourhood (those in residence as well as those living with host families). This will make it easier for you to interact and communicate with colleagues from other countries in your free time. We aim to create the right atmosphere for student-student interaction.
A great mix of nationalities from the four corners of the world:

The majority of our students (60%) come from Western, Central & Eastern Europe, namely from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

A smaller percentage (20%) come from South America, mainly Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

An even smaller percentage also come from Asia (10%), 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.

Location & Facilities

Gateway School of English GSE (Malta) is located in a quiet and elegant residential neighbourhood close to the vibrant St Julians’ Bay area (12 to 15 minutes’ walk from St Julian’s Bay or Spinola Bay). The location was carefully chosen from a shortlist of over ten other possible locations because of its ideal combination of desirable features: social quality of the neighbourhood, security and safety, low building density and closeness to green zones, accessibility from and proximity to important shopping and recreational centres. The building was specifically designed to ensure optimal conditions for effective learning. The School is a semi-detached two-level building comprising eight bright and spacious classrooms, as well as common areas and plenty of indoor and outdoor space for relaxation and recreation. Additionally, the adjacent school residence was designed to provide a comfortable and modern home for those students at GSE who choose to live as close as possible to the School.

The School is built on two levels, comprising:

Eight bright and spacious classrooms fully equipped with the latest information technology and video facilities. Our teachers make full use of these and other resources to make the best use of your time in the classroom.

A well stocked library with contemporary learning materials and media for practising and developing different language skills. We have fiction – graded readers from beginner to proficiency (National Geographic Read Listen & Watch Series and Macmillan readers) – as well as exam practice materials and a broad range of additional grammar and vocabulary resources. In addition to computers for self-study, the Library contains DVDs, books, magazines, worksheets and specially selected listening materials. It is open before and after classes and professional assistance is available at all times.

A large courtyard and gardens where you can relax at break times and after classes.

Free 24 hours a day wireless internet and internet-cabled computer workstations which enable you to keep in touch with your office, family and friends world wide are also available at the adjacent School’s residence. Both the School and its adjacent residential complex are completely and fully air-conditioned.

State-of-the-art Technology in the classroom Apart from audiovisual facilities, most of our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards using cutting-edge digital course materials. Interactive whiteboards IWBs enhance your learning experience whilst making classes more fun and dynamic.

Why do interactive whiteboards make learning more effective and engaging? Because with just a click of a button the teacher…

…can display course materials on-screen while using graphics and sounds to make the lesson more interesting and engaging
…has instant access to online resources such as podcasts and videos about contemporary topics being discussed in class
…can use digital games and quizzes that make learning fun and exciting

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Visa support
  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence
  • Dancing
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History
  • Photography
  • On campus events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)
  • American football
  • Work experience / internship with local companies

  • GSE_Brochure.pdf


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
Location Type: Town/City , Rural/Countryside, Seaside
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Option 1 - General English group 20 lessons per week (15 hours per week)

The General English Course is available at 6 levels all year round: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. Students will be placed in the appropriate level according to the results of their placement test and can move on to higher levels according to their progress. The placement test is held at the school on the first day and takes one hour to complete.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons / 15 hours
Average number of students in class: Winter (January – May & September – December) 8 students
Average number of students in class: Summer (June, July & August) 10 students

Maximum number of students in class all year round: 12 students

Sample timetable:
Monday to Friday (From 09:00 till 12:15)

Option 2 - Intensive General English group 30 lessons per week (22.5 hours per week)

This is a combination course of General English (as above) and Conversational English (see course details below). 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. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of the General English group according to the results of their placement test. The small group (only 6 students per class) Conversational English classes specifically concentrate on speaking, listening and pronunciation and typically involve debates, discussion, pair work (with other students) and presentations. The functional focus is on expressing opinions and preferences, disagreeing and negotiation skills.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 30 lessons / 22.5 hours (20 lessons / 15 hours per week General English + 10 lessons / 7.5 hours per week Conversational English classes)
Average number of students in class for General English: Winter (January – May & September – December) 8 students
Average number of students in class for General English: Summer (June, July & August) 12 students
Maximum students in class for the Conversational English all year round: 6 students

Sample Timetable: Monday to Friday (From 09:00 till 12:15 & From 13:00 till 14:30)

Option 3 - General English 20 lessons group + 10 or 20 lessons per week private tuition (one-to-one) (15 hours General English+ 7.5 hours or 15 hours 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. You will have the opportunity to attend a group course in the morning and private tuition in the afternoon. During your afternoon private lessons, together with the teacher, you 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.

Option 4 - One-to-One General English 20,30 or 40 lessons per week

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.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Exams and Prep offered: TOEIC, Cambridge CAE, TOEFL, Cambridge PET, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge KET, Cambridge CPE, IELTS
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City , Rural/Countryside
Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One
Gateway School of English offers a wide range of exam preparation courses, the most popular of which are the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, TOEIC and the Cambridge FCE & CAE courses. GSE offers three types of exam preparation courses depending on the number of lessons you wish to take:

Exam Preparation Group courses 20 lessons per week (available all year round except July & August)

Exam Preparation Group courses 30 lessons per week (available all year round except July & August)

Combination Group General English 20 lessons per week + One-to-One Exam Preparation (private tuition) 10 lessons per week (available all year round including July & August)

The combination course of General English + One-to-One exam preparation course is ideal for those students wishing to improve their General English skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) as well as language systems such as pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar while preparing for their exam, especially if the students are of lower levels.

For exam preparation group courses the maximum size per group is 8 students per class. The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.

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. If the student has already decided on the exam date prior to arrival in Malta and is planning to sit for the exam after finishing the course, our staff would need the exam application form upon booking so that we can submit the application form to the exam centre. Our staff will guide the student and assist through the application procedure and will provide all the necessary information by e-mail.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Intermediate, Basic, Advanced
Location Type: Rural/Countryside, Seaside, Town/City
Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One
Option 1 - Business English Group 20 lessons per week

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. Practical assignments will draw on the varied interests of the clients themselves and lessons will respect the sophisticated knowledge and expertise of the students, especially in areas such as leadership, innovation and human relationship. The key concepts of the course include topic-based situations that help to reinforce vocabulary, speaking, writing and social English. Our aim is to offer a flexible approach to the basic interaction patterns used by business people in their work. 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. We use a variety of Business English books such as the New Business Matters, The Business Macmillan Series, English 365, Company to Company, New International Business English, English for Business Studies, Further Ahead, Getting Ahead, Market Leader and other books for specific and specialised areas of Business English such as the Oxford Handbook for Commercial Correspondence, E-mail English and Presentations in English to name a few. 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.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons / 15 hours
Timetable: Monday to Friday (From 09:00 till 12:15)
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

Option 2 - Intensive Business English Group 30 lessons per week
The course content is the same as that for the Business English course except for the number of lessons per week. This course is designed for students who wish to dedicate more time to develop an increased proficiency in Business English in a relatively short period of time.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 30 lessons / 22.5 hours
Timetable: Monday to Friday (From 09:00 till 12:15 & from 13:00 till 14:30)
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

Option 3 - One-to-One Business English 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week

This favourable student-teacher 1:1 ratio ensures greater flexibility in planning the language work really needed by the student in the lessons. This course is ideal for students who need Business English related to their profession such as English for Banking, Finance, Accountancy, Advertising, Human Resources, Management and Marketing.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons(15 hours), 30 lessons ( 22.5 hours), 40 lessons (30 hours)

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Intermediate, Basic, Advanced
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Location Type: Town/City , Rural/Countryside, Seaside
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
Professional English Courses

These courses offer an opportunity to those professionals who appreciate a carefully-structured programme that helps them use English across a wide range of work activities. Students are assigned language tasks that relate directly to their professional life, be it Law, Information Technology, Medicine, Science, Engineering, Oil & Gas, Architecture, Aviation, Aeronautics, Tourism & Hospitality, Journalism and others. Essentially, the course will combine the knowledge of the subject possessed by the student with their need for more competence in English usage. Our specially selected teachers for the one-to-one tuition or group classes will have the relevant knowledge and teaching skills for the student’s area of interest. These courses will help you achieve a level of appropriate English that you can confidently use in your career. ESP courses can be taken in combination with General English Courses, Business English Courses or any other course.

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

Note: Students booking this course should provide the school with detailed information about their professional life and English language needs in advance. This will enable the teacher to design an appropriate learning programme and provide the student/s with the most suitable resources during the course of study.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons (15 hours), 30 lessons (22.5 hours)

Option 1 - Combination General English group 20 lessons per week + One-to-One Professional English 10 lessons per week

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.

Option 2 - 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.

Option 3 - Closed Groups 20 lessons per week (available for minimum 4 students)

This course is for students who would like to focus exclusively and intensively on their professional English with others of similar professional backgrounds, whether or not they work together. With its intense focus on a specific field of expertise, the lessons of such a course are an interesting and efficient way of improving students’ English as relevantly as possible to their specific areas of interest, as the course content and objectives are negotiated in class with the teacher, in order to ensure effective outcomes for all students concerned and guarantee the confidence needed to function fluently and comfortably in their respective professional environments when using English.
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This course is for students aged: 18-70
Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students
Levels: Intermediate, Basic, Advanced
Location Type: Rural/Countryside, Town/City , Seaside
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Teacher Training Group Courses

Our Teacher Training Courses (also eligible for Erasmus plus funding) aim to give teachers of English or any other language taught as a foreign language the opportunity to further their professional development as language teaching practitioners in their respective settings, whether among primary or secondary school children, with students from the same or diverse backgrounds, and even in a classroom with impaired learners. Whatever your training needs are as a serious teacher in search of self-improvement, we are sure that you will find something to whet your professional appetite in our selection of carefully structured and seriously thought out teacher training programmes.

In terms of methodology, participants on any of our teacher training courses can enjoy a combination of explicit instruction and direct teacher involvement. Following the format of a workshop, sessions are:

Interactive with plenty of ongoing group discussion and opportunities for participants to draw on their own experience and exchange ideas they feel are worth sharing;

Demonstrative in the presentation of teaching approaches, lesson planning and materials design;

Practical and hands-on when it comes to trialling some of the ideas presented in class, with the aim that participants will be able to take something tangible away with them (a specific technique, a particular activity, a general way of planning lessons or adapting resources, etc.);

Experiential in nature, so that participants can experience the content being presented and promoted (methodologies, teaching styles, lesson plans etc.) first-hand, from the perspective of students, through which they will be better positioned to make judgements on learning effectiveness;

Evaluative with opportunities for individual reflection, teaching practice, lesson observations and peer feedback.

Courses we offer:
The Gateway Teacher Training Primary Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week

The Gateway Teacher Training Primary Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks

The Gateway Teacher Training Secondary, Tertiary and Adult Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week

The Gateway Teacher Training Secondary, Tertiary and Adult Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks

The Gateway Teacher Training Diversity in Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week

The Gateway Teacher Training Diversity in Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks

Erasmus plus PIC no. 927408756

Accommodation we offer:
We offer various accommodation options including hotel, residence accommodation right next to the school on half board basis, host families within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the school as well as a choice of self-catering apartments.
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This course is for students aged: 13-17
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Location Type: Rural/Countryside, Town/City , Seaside
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Basic
Junior Teens English Programme 13 – 17 years (individuals & groups)

Gateway School of English offers all year round Junior Programmes for students aged between 13 and 17 years. We offer group programmes as well as programmes for individual students who do not wish to travel with a group. We offer a choice of residence accommodation (junior residence located only 50 metres from the beach and only 100 metres away from Malta’s waterpark Splash & Fun, en-suite bathroom facilities & full board) as well as homestay accommodation within walking distance from the junior centre (school). GSE also offers a full social programme of activities so that junior students can make the most of their free time in Malta. We offer leisure activities, cultural activities such as visits to historical places, beach activities, sports activities, watersports and many other excursions which will make the junior students’ English language experience with us a memorable one.

The full 2018 Junior Programme includes full board accommodation in host families or the junior school residence, 24 hours supervision by our group leaders, airport transfers as well as a supplementary day by day programme of activities.
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