I don't like just a beach holiday, that's why I decided to combine leisure with learning a foreign language. For me it is important that during the holidays I had something to do besides sunbathing and swimming in the sea, because walking to the shops / cafes, visiting staff - it's different. The second reason is that I've been studying English, but due to lack of practice, language is very quickly forgotten.
I've heard that there are a lot of language schools in Malta and many people and some of my friends go there to learn English. This was my first experience of learning English abroad. Malta was chosen because: a) the main cause has been combining holidays with language learning, and not vice versa; b) at the moment, it is the budget variant for language learning abroad.
For me it was in principle that students were my age or older, I'm worried that there will be a lot of young people of 18 years old (I'm 26), so I chose the middle of September, as all 18-year-old should study at this time. And it so, basically, the average age of students was 23-25 years old, and come across as 28-year-olds, 35-40 -year-and even 60-year-old :).
Anyway, the trip eas very usefull.
My classes were held in the morning from 09.00 till 13.00, for 1.5 hours, with a break of 30 minutes, so I had a lot of time to get acquainted with the country. Many students had additional classes, business English, as well as private lessons, someone (probably) studied a lot on their own. Such students had less time to get acquainted with the country, but as a rule these students were already in Malta 2-3 th time, and their acquaintance with the country has already taken place).
For me personally, the main feature in the studying is still that learning was in English only, the teacher does not know your language, and if you do not understand some of the grammar rule, he or she will explain it to you till you understand (unless you ask) in simple English with examples. In Russia, even if the lessons are in English, In difficult situations the teacher start explaining in Russian (unless the teacher is a native speaker). The second feature that lessons (but then the teacher plays an important role) pass unnoticed, no division into grammar, vocabulary, conversation. At the same time, the is a structure of th lessons, but you do not notice it. And it's all happening very naturally, no sense of the lesson. I didn't notice monstrous Maltese teacher's accent, which I had read about on the internet before the trip. Many of the students praised the teacher from England, but I have not had a chance to compare.
There were many young people from Turkey (mostly Istanbul), Brazil, Poland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Hungary (2 women), South Korea (no more than 6 man), Ukraine, Russia (not a lot). I didn't meet a single person from France in the school, but the French were in Malta. Of course we've became friends and now support our relationship on Facebook).
Accommodation is well organized. I chose the cheapest variant: twin room in the apartment (3 rooms for each for 2 people, a shared kitchen and 2 toilets / showers). There were never problems with the queue for the shower. The school has a more comfortable living conditions (someone can not live with a stranger, for example). In general, there are variants.
We had a program for every day, various paid trips and free activities in the bistro of the school.
A trip to a language school is one of many variants to diversify learning a foreign language, a change of environment: a new country, culture, people, experiences, and so on. Also, it is not necessary to shift all the responsibility to the teacher, no matter how boring he is, if you are actively involved in the lesson, ask questions, have an interest, he will help you. If you just sit in class and wait until you are asked or involved into a process-you can wait forever (if the teacher is not very active, this also happens).