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Teaching English as a Foreign Language: 2023
NR092/2024
Release Date: 20 May 2024
In 2023, foreign students attending English language courses at local licensed English Language Teaching (ELT) schools amounted to 78,567, marking an increase of 21,892 over 2022.

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The majority of students attending English language courses in Malta came from Italy (27.8 per cent), followed by Germany (10.4 per cent) and France (9.0 per cent). Overall, 73.9 per cent of total students came from an EU country (Table 1).

The largest share of English language students were aged 15 and under, accounting for 28.3 per cent of the total students following ELT courses. Students aged 50 and over were in the minority and numbered 6,080. Female students outnumbered males, accounting for 61.9 per cent of the total ELT student population (Tables 2 and 3, Chart 1).

Chart 1. Foreign students following courses¹ in local licensed ELT schools by age group and sex

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1 Some courses were held remotely.

July was the busiest month for local licensed ELT schools in terms of course attendance, accounting for 17.1 per cent of the annual total. August and March followed with 13.4 and 10.5 per cent respectively (Table 4).

The most popular course uptake in local licensed ELT schools was ‘General English: Standard’, whereby a total of 57,384 students, or 73.1 per cent opted for this course. This was followed by the ‘Intensive English’ courses, with 16.5 per cent of total students (Table 5, Chart 2).

Chart 2. Percentage distribution of foreign students following courses¹ in local licensed ELT schools by type of course

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1 Some courses were held remotely.
Notes:

1. English specific purposes courses include business English.
2. ‘Other’ includes exam preparation courses, one-to-one lessons, combination of courses, and other courses.
3. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Foreign students enrolled in local licensed ELT schools accounted for 273,131 student weeks. The absolute majority of courses (99.0 per cent of total student weeks) were held physically, with online courses accounting for only 1.0 per cent.  The average number of student weeks during the year under review stood at 3.5, a decrease of 0.9 weeks when compared to the previous year (Table 7). With an average of 14.7 weeks, students from Colombia recorded the highest number of student weeks, followed by Chilean and South Korean students with average student weeks at 13.3 and 10.7 weeks respectively (Tables 8 and 9).

In 2023, teaching and academic staff in local licensed ELT schools numbered 620, with the largest proportion (25.0 per cent) being in 55 and over age group. Female teachers accounted for 70.3 per cent of the total (Table 10). Non-teaching staff amounted to 603, of whom 69.2 per cent were employed on a full-time basis (Tables 10 and 11).

Chart 3. Percentage distribution of foreign students following courses¹ in local licensed ELT schools by age group

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1 Some courses were held remotely.

Chart 4. Number of foreign students and student tuition weeks by the top 10 countries of citizenship

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Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Chart 5. Number of foreign students and tuition weeks

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Additional Tables and Charts

Methodological Notes

1. Data used in this News Release is based on information collected by the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation which was subsequently analysed by NSO.

2. Data was collected by the ELT Council during the period December 2022-February 2023. All local licensed English Language Teaching (ELT) schools operating in 2023 responded to this questionnaire. A full list of ELT schools can be accessed here.

3. Breakdowns by country are based on the students’ citizenship as provided by the student. Thus, figures for foreign citizens are not directly comparable to other tourism figures published by the NSO.

4. Since 2021, following disruptions and unprecedented scenarios due to COVID-19, foreign students who attended English Language schools could choose both physical courses in Malta, as well as online courses. 

5. For the scope of this release ‘teaching/academic staff’ includes all ELT permit holders. Staff employed with different schools carrying out the same role are counted once.

6. Figures on type of course followed and type of accommodation cannot be compared with data of previous years due to methodological enhancements held in 2020.

7. Definitions:

ELT schools refer to institutions which provide English-related courses for foreign students. More information can be accessed here

Teaching/Academic staff refer to professional personnel directly involved in teaching students, including teachers, assistant teachers, ELT instructors and other ELT permit holders.

Non-Teaching staff refer to persons employed by educational institutions who have no instructional responsibilities, and do not hold an ELT permit. Examples are school management staff, front office staff, group leaders, administration staff, sales, marketing and reservations staff.

Full-time employment: includes employed persons on a full-time basis.

Part-time employment: includes employed persons whose normal hours are less than those of comparable full-time workers.

Casual employment: includes temporary workers, working irregular hours, who are employed on a part-time basis.

8. Number of student weeks by foreign students is calculated as follows:

Total number of days
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9. Average number of student weeks per student is calculated as follows: 

Total number of weeks
Total number of students

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language: 2023
NR092/2024
Release Date: 20 May 2024
Learning,Speaking,And,Teaching,English,With,British,Flag,Abstract,Background
  •  In 2023, foreign students attending English language courses at local licensed English Language Teaching (ELT) schools amounted to 78,567, marking an increase of 21,892 over 2022.
  • The largest share of students attending local licensed ELT schools in Malta came from Italy (27.8 per cent), followed by Germany (10.4 per cent).
  • The most popular course uptake in local licensed ELT schools was General English: Standard at 73.1 per cent.
  • Foreign students enrolled in local licensed ELT schools accounted for 273,131 student weeks.
  • In 2023, staff employed in local licensed ELT schools numbered 1,223, the majority being teaching/academic staff (50.7 per cent).
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