Teaching English in Malta
Teaching English in language schools in Malta is regulated by the ELT Council, a government institution http://eflmalta.gov.mt. In order to teach English in Malta in language schools, you need a permit, irrespective of whether, for example, you intend to work for an employer or be self-employed, or whether you intend to work face-to-face or online, in an EFL School or from a private home, and whether you intend to teach General English or English for Special Purposes (including, for example, English for Professionals, English for Business, English for Legal Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, etc).
The permit is issued and renewed (subject to conditions) on a four-yearly basis by the ELT Council, Malta, provided that the following conditions are met:
What do I need to do to get a permit to teach EFL in Malta?
Current regulations state that in order to teach English Language in Malta, a teacher needs to be in possession of a Teaching Permit. This is issued by the ELT Council at the Ministry for Education and Employment, Great Siege Road, Floriana, VLT 2000 (Tel: 2598 2766; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The permit is only issued to those applicants who satisfy the following requirements (this is a simplified version of Legal Notice 221/15:
- you should be at least 18 years of age when you apply for a permit
2. you should have a Matriculation standard of education (i.e. sufficient for entry into a university and recognised at National Qualifications Framework level 4) if you are under the age of 21
3. you should have a Pass grade or higher in the ELT Council TELT examination or a comparable qualification in English* not inferior to Grade C at Advanced level and which is recognised at level 4 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework. The current price for the TELT examination is €35
* An A-level in English Literature will not be accepted. An A-level in English has to have a language/linguistics component. If the certificate specifically states ‘English Literature’, then the ELT Council will not accept it.
4. you should have a certificate in the methodology of teaching English language to speakers of other languages which is approved by the Council (such as the ELT Council TEFL Cert or any comparable qualification recognised at a minimum of level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework and which is approved by the ELT Council
NB You are exempted from 3. and 4. if you possess an international certificate at National Qualifications Framework level 5 in English language teaching to speakers of other languages (such as, for example, the Cambridge ESOL CELTA, the Trinity Cert. TESOL) or a higher qualification from a recognised institution as approved by the Council. These include, for example, the Cambridge ESOL DELTA, Trinity Dip. TESOL, MA TESOL or MA ELT.
5. A SEPTT certificate at Bank 3 issued by the ELT Council.
The SEPTT exam will require all candidates to have already undertaken a TEFL methodology course e.g. our TEFL Cert. Course.
I intend to offer an optional extra three-hour course Preparing for SEPTT. More details will be provided shortly. However, for those who enrol on my TEFL Cert. Course, the Preparing for SEPTT Course is included as a separate add-on to the TEFL Cert. Course at no extra charge.
SEPTT Examinations (a test of spoken classroom English where tasks will assume a familiarity with TEFL methodologies) run once every month (more frquently in summer) and are a requirement only for applicants applying for a NEW ELT Permit. The current price of the SEPTT examination is €45.
6. you should have a valid clean conduct certificate from the Commissioner of Police (issued within the month before the date of application for a Permit)
Please note that you need to apply for a permit no later than 36 months after the date on your TEFL certificate and no later than 24 months after the date on your TELT certificate.
NB You do not need to possess these requirements in order to join my TEFL Cert. Courses. Acceptance is at the discretion of the Academic Manager, who may ask to interview you in order to assess your level of spoken English. However, by the time you apply for a permit you will need to satisfy the other requirements.
More info can be found at: ELT Council Malta http://eltcouncil.gov.mt/
What’s the difference between a TEFL Cert. and a TELT?
- The TEFL Cert. Course introduces participants to, and gives practice in, modern teaching methods. The main content of the course focuses on methods and techniques to help language learners communicate (speak, listen, read and write) using real-life, useful language. Participants are also shown ways of teaching communicative grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in a learner-centred, interactive classroom. They practise these techniques throughout the course. Lesson planning and other areas of TEFL are also dealt with. There are assessed assignments and teaching practice sessions. The main areas of grammar and phonology terminology are also explored in this TEFL course (although these are covered more intensively in my TELT Examination preparation course).
- The TELT Examination Preparation Course is a course which prepares participants for the TELT Proficiency Examination held by the ELT Council of the Department of Education in Malta. Syllabus and Past Papers can be downloaded from http://eflmalta.gov.mt. In this course, grammar (mainly tenses and parts of speech), phonology and other areas which appear in EFL course books are covered in some depth. Some writing skills and differences between formal and informal English are also addressed.
How can I get a TEFL Cert. and prepare for the TELT exam?
I run courses which lead to both qualifications, several times a year, with partner schools.
I lead separate evening TEFL Cert. courses (accredited by the ELT Council) and courses which prepare candidates for the ELT Council TELT exam, at Eurocentres Malta in Msida Malta www.eurocentres-malta.com Contact Doriette Brincat email@example.com (+356) 21316604 for more information and an application form.
I lead separate morning TEFL Cert. courses (accredited by the ELT Council) and courses which prepare candidates for the ELT Council TELT exam, at Easy SL Malta www.easysl.com Contact Caroline Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org (+356) 21225505 for more information and an application form.
I occasionally run TEFL and TELT courses in partnership with other English Language centres. These will also be posted below.Dates, fees and detailed practical information are also contained in the documents below: