Close this search box.
Students in class with their teacher at ESE European School of English Malta

Which English Course Should I Choose?

Share this post

Which English Language course should I choose?

We are often asked for guidance on how to choose the right course. You need to determine WHY you are going to study English. Do you need it for your future career? Do you need to sit for an exam to provide proof of your level of English proficiency for university admission or visa purposes? Or are you looking to becoming fluent in English because it is an international language, and you feel that it will help you for your personal work or travel reasons?

adult mini classroom
Academic Year Course or General English?

The Academic Year Course is a highly structured programme which focuses equally on the development of all four core language skills. By the end of the course, you will be more fluent and accurate in all areas of the language.

You are required to study outside school hours, participate in team activities, give presentations, and take your studies seriously if you want to see results.

The course leads to internationally- recognised certification (optional) and may be booked for 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 or 48 weeks with modules in Malta and / or York in the UK and this course starts every six weeks. This course is recommended for those students who come with specific language learning objectives in mind, such as wanting to sit for an exam or to reach a certain language level to improve job prospects

The General English course is for those students who want to learn and improve their English for their own personal enrichment and for travel purposes. The course focuses primarily on oral communication and helps you to become more confident through plenty of opportunities to practise speaking English. General English courses start every Monday and may be booked for as many weeks as you wish.


ESE offers different options for General English Courses — either 20 lessons per week (15 hours) or 30 lessons per week (22.5 hours). The General English 30 for 30 is offered to students over the age of 30 and is offered at our sister school, ETI. Each class holds up to a maximum of 8 students and students will also improve their English through self-study using the ESE eLearning programme from the date of enrolment until three months after finishing their course. Other options include GE30 Mini Classes, Intensive English which combines group classes with one-on-one lessons, and Private Tuition, which offers one-on-one lessons for students aged at least 8 years old and allows more flexibility. These allow you to focus on any specific area of English and more personal attention from your teacher to improve your confidence.

Students in class with their teacher at ESE European School of English Malta
How fast will I progress?

When studying English in a full-immersion context, you can expect to make good progress in a short time. However, several factors will determine which skills you progress faster in and the actual rate of progress. For example, do you want to focus on developing your speaking and fluency or all your core skills? Have you learned a foreign language before? What is your level of attendance? How committed are you to learning? Are you ready to practise using the language as a means of communication outside school hours?


All these, and many more reasons, will influence your rate of progress.