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This 20 week part-time course is a Higher Education Programme accredited by the Malta Further
and Higher Education Authority, license number 2015 – 009, and worth 12 ECTS points. This
course is delivered in the English language.
Details for this course can be found on the MFHEA website by searching for St Thomas Institute
under ‘Provider’ in the Advanced Search box:

The first entry requirements for this course is to have English language skills of at least an MQF
level 2 or CEFR B2, because this course is taught in the English language. Students are required to
pass an English language competency test, or provide evidence of an English language MQF Level
2 or equivalent qualification before beginning study.
The second entry requirement for this course is to have the equivalent of an MQF Level 1
qualification in Maltese as a Foreign Language.

For information about fees and special subsidies please write to: [email protected].

We conduct a new intake at the beginning of each month.

This course is delivered entirely online. We use the Zoom software, however we are open to
accommodating students and teachers by using alternative software if the situation requires.

Overall Course Objectives
a) use and understand elementary to pre-intermediate vocabulary related to thematic areas related
to everyday life;
b) develop an elementary to pre-intermediate ability to use the language for purposes of practical
c) continue developing the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) up
to an A1+ or an A2 proficiency of the CEFR;
d) consolidate and further the basics of Maltese grammar; and
e) get a more detailed insight of the Maltese culture.

Learning Outcomes for Communication Skills

a) further improved their pronunciation of Maltese words;
b) achieve a deeper understanding of Maltese orthography;
c) express typical expressions in the correct intonation;
d) formulate appropriate questions and answers along with variations;
e) speak about a wider array of daily topics in the Maltese language;
f) become more assertive in daily communication.

Learning Outcomes for Learning to Learn Skills

a) learn to become self-reliant in every day communication;
b) organize previously acquired knowledge for maximum retention;
c) develop a unique study method based on their schedule and personality;
d) understand more the basics of Maltese grammar in contrast to their native language(s) as well
as other acquired foreign languages;
e) create notes and flashcard adapted to their particular level.

This course is aimed at non-native speakers of the Maltese language with knowledge of some basic
Maltese. Third party nationals looking for information about Malta’s Visa requirements can look

We use what is known as Synchronous Online Delivery. This means that students and teachers are
in an online video or audio call with each other. This takes the form of a lecture in which the
students and teachers can interact. Lectures will typically feature live presentations by the tutor
explaining the topic up for discussion. These online lectures will also feature organized role-play
sessions prepared in advance by both the tutor and the students. Students will be presented with a
variety of tasks to enhance their conversational skills. Students will be provided with pre-recorded
audio and video material which can be reutilized for revision purposes both before and after the
final assessment is carried out.

The overall final assessment for this course will feature both an Oral and a Written session. The
Oral session will contain speaking, reading and listening exercises which are aimed to assess the
student’s acquisition of Maltese basic consonants, vowels and diphthongs. For modules 2 and 4, this
may be assessed through the supervised practice hours. Furthermore, this assessment method will
analyse and grade a student’s ability to answer and follow through with phrases in the required level
of Maltese. As for the Written session, this will contain fill-in and translation exercises, such as
sentences in English to be translated into Maltese and sentences in Maltese to be translated into
English, as well as a listening comprehension to assess the grammatical and orthographical
competence achieved by the participating student at this level. The required amount of attendance
for passing this course is 75% of the tuition time.

Students participating in this course will be assessed weekly as the course progresses with
assignments and homework exercises.

The total learning hours for this course is 300. This is broken down into: 150 hours of direct contact
with the teachers, 10 hours of supervised placement or practice, 132 estimated hours of self-study
and eight hours of formal assessment.

The 20 weeks of study will be separated into four modules of five weeks each. There will be four
sessions of two hours every week, with an additional two hours at the end of each week for the end
of module examination. Modules two and four will also include an extra hour each week for
supervised practice, which will be counted for the final grade.

The grading system:
A+: 100% - 90%
A: 89% - 80%
B+: 79% - 75%
B: 74% - 70%
C+: 69% - 60%
C: 59% - 55%
D+: 54% - 50%
D: 49% - 45%
F: 44% - 0%

A pass mark is considered to be 45%, which must be attained in each module.

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