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Teachers staff - One of the first English language schools in Malta, am Language Studio has a history for offering quality English language courses and customer satisfaction

Our Teaching Staff

The Academic Department at am Language Studio is made up of an enthusiastic and dedicated team of teachers, headed by the Director of Studies and the Assistant Director of Studies. Certified by the Ministry of Education to teach English to foreign speakers, am Language School teachers are all first language speakers, some of which are British and American, bringing to the school an interesting cultural mix. Coming from diverse walks of life such as education, business, law, politics and banking, the teachers bring to the classroom their life-long experience, adding an individual and personal element to the class atmosphere.

As course syllabus, am Language Studio follows the latest editions of the Headway and English File series published by Oxford University Press. Additional reinforcement and consolidation is supported by corresponding work books and student progress is monitored. Teacher-assisted sessions in the Language Lab allow innovative practice of skills and structures learnt at the individual pace of the learner. Teachers are encouraged to target their learners’ needs and design the lesson material accordingly, using supplementary material whenever appropriate. With students’ best interests in mind, teachers understand the importance of autonomous learning as a life-long skill, and best direct and coach students towards this aim.

Learning is a continuous cycle of layering and teaching is a constant learning process. am Language Studio gives a lot of importance to teacher development and organises in-house training programmes that enable teachers to develop their teaching knowledge, explore methodology, and share experience. Additionally, am Language Studio supports furtherance education and runs a programme which enables its teachers to pursue studies in EFL education. Through this programme members of academic staff have benefited by successfully completing further EFL teacher training courses that have led to internationally recognised CELTA, CertTESOL, and DipTESOL qualifications.

In keeping with the FELTOM and ISO9001 standards, our teachers strive to perform a quality service. What better way to introduce you to the teachers themselves than for you to read some of their own comments firsthand…

Comments from some of our teachers

Rita Tedesco Triccas

Rita Tedesco Triccas

Teaching for me is more than a career. It is a responsibility that has always given me a great sense of achievement and fulfilment. In addition to transferring knowledge and interacting with students coming from a different culture and mentality, teaching leaves me with a sense of academic and moral satisfaction.

Monica Pace

Monica Pace

I attended a private boarding school in Malta where English was the only language spoken. English Language and Literature were my two favourite subjects, which proved useful when I later worked as a librarian. After completing an English teacher training course, I began teaching English to foreign students. I have now been in this occupation for seven years, and it gives me so much pleasure to pass my knowledge of this language on. Having different nationalities come together with the same aim, that of learning English, has been and will continue to be, a very positive and rewarding experience for me.

Lisa Scerri

Lisa Scerri

I have been teaching since 2004 and I have learnt so much from this experience. Teaching has always given me a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction, not only because I have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others, but mostly because I have the chance to meet people from all walks of life and, in turn, learn so much about the many diverse cultures and personalities the students bring to my class. Over the years I have met and built relationships with students of all ages worldwide, which has given me a great sense of accomplishment.
I find the job of an EFL teacher so rewarding because so many people around the world need to learn English for a variety of reasons and I have the pleasure of being the person to help them achieve their goal.

Peter Cassar Torregiani

Peter Cassar Torregiani

I was educated by Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in England and studied at Yale, USA for a year. After having worked in the flour milling industry in Malta all my life, I am since retired, but nonetheless I have continued my lifelong research into the structure of hunger and banking around the world. Since retirement, I have been teaching English in Malta as a foreign language to students, my specialist area being Business English. I have taught hundreds of adult students from many countries, coming from various areas of enterprise. Some years ago, I obtained the London Chamber of Commerce International Further Certificate for Teachers of Business English, passing with distinction. Most importantly, I enjoy teaching, finding the students themselves the best element. This experience has involved very interesting analysis of structures of speech and their linguistic transposition, as well as the ever growing appreciation of the deepening philosophical aspect of human communication. I am particularly focused on the future of the Euro and the European Union in the world at large as a backdrop to enhancing the fluency of students in my classes.

Tessa Anastasi

Tessa Anastasi

little did I know when I was at school, in England, that I would end up a teacher, much less that I would be teaching English. I grew up in London, England, speaking English but spoken to in English and Italian. I originally qualified as a Secretary and worked in my home town for a year before relocating to Malta and had to teach myself Maltese. I feel this has put me in a unique position whereby I can understand and empathize with students learning a new language. Since 1997 I have been working at am Language Studio and have been teaching there for eleven years. It has been a wonderful time, meeting so many interesting and diverse people who have generously shared their lives and experiences in the process of learning Engllish. Hearing my students experience success in speaking and writing English is very rewarding. I have also experienced teaching English to a blind student and teaching over the internet both of which pose challenges for both parties involved and which I believe I am managing to overcome.

Edwina Caruana Galizia

Edwina Caruana Galizia

During the many years I worked as an EFL teacher, I loved the sense of achievement that teaching students coming from diverse cultures gave me. I especially liked teaching adult beginners and seeing their faces light up when they could make themselves understood. Presently, in my new job as Acting Director of Studies I run the Academic Department together with the assistant Director of Studies.