At school Clubclass Malta I had to spend 2 weeks. But I was so disappointed that after a week i dropped out and went home. Now a little bit more.
At the first day we were passing the test, according to which the students are enrolled in a group with a purpose level. The test consisted only of the grammatical part, speaking part was not exist. I was identified in the advanced group. In fact, this introductory part takes a whole morning, and the first lesson of English had missed.
Classes begin at 9, two General English lessons for an hour and a half and then for those who paid, an additional communication class.
In my group there were 5 people. And the level of their English wasn’t Advanced for sure. For example, there was a guy from Brazil who spent a whole year in Malta studying English, but, in my opinion, he was supposed to be in Intermediate group. I had the feeling that moving to the next level in the school is not based on knowledge, but based on the time spent in school. Classes were boring, teacher gave to us some simple tasks. Moreover I can say, that four days in school I was just read dictionary. While we were doing the exercises the teacher was just doing his stuff. On the fifth day he finally changed the activity. We had a video class! We watched a video with subtitles. No discussion or analysis of this video then followed. I want to note that they were gave a book, which costs 30 Euro, but we never opened it, and worked exclusively on printouts.
As for conversational class, I liked it a little more. The teacher offered to non-trivial topics to be discussed: corruption, alcohol, even video about same-sex relationships. And all is good, but in one class there were students ranging from intermediate to advanced level. All the time working in pairs with people who have level lower than mine, It was useless and boring. In addition, the teacher was really noticeable Maltese accent.
I was really hoping that the school will get in the real English-speaking environment, but this did not happen.
I have reserved the room for two in the school residence. Plus: apartments were in one minute from school. Unfortunately, it is much more minuses. In one apartment there were 4 rooms for two. On 8 people one kitchen and two bathrooms. Guys and girls live in one apartment. As neighbors I had one girl from Japan and all other students from Brazil. Brazilians spoke only the Portuguese among themselves, in English they couldn't connect even two words, in everyday issues saved a sign language. Till four o'clock in the morning wild laughter, the emotional Portuguese speech with voices raised and the Brazilian music on full loudness sounded. All week I slept no more than two-three hours in a night.
Cold in the room which isn't heated was objective minus. I slept under two blankets and practically didn't take off a jacket in the apartment. Furniture was old. And here the quality of bed linen, blankets and pillows absolutely has killed me on the spot. Towels promised to change each three days. Unfortunately, I haven't waited for such happiness. Students had to take out garbage by their own. About pluses, the kitchen had hob, microwave, kettle, fridge, a couple of pots. Therefore, it is possible to cook own meals and save some money on restaurants.
Now I will tell about activities which were organized by school in out-of-class time. Monday - a small sightseeing tour. We were brought to the downtown, have shown where shop, the bus-stop, pharmacy and where to look for night clubs and shopping center. In total minutes 20-25. In the evening - Welcome party in one of night clubs of Pachvell. Drinks (shots on the basis of vodka) free, beer or something else for money.
Wi-Fi at school bad, in the residence was practically absent. Somehow to write the message to the family me it was necessary to catch Wi-Fi in a toilet. Someone was lucky more, than me. But all the same, the school which accepts so many foreign students could take care of the normal Internet. Also at school there is a gym,which works from 6:00 till 16:00.
I've always wanted to live in an English-speaking country, immersing yourself in the English language, but this did not happen. I guess I'm too good level for this school, and I had the week. Therefore, if you are starting to learn the language, despite the inconveniences, I think that the school will be useful to you. If you, like me, not speaking that well but would like to improve your pronunciation, get rid of the accent, sound more natural and use real English, then Clubclass is not for you. By the way, the money for the second week, they refused to return. About the friendly staff nothing good to say too. I had come to the Director to discuss the problem, she said that she is very busy now. As fact that I was going to leave, she just sent me to the Secretary, the Secretary quickly printed out a certificate of completion and said goodbye.