The Collapse of English Language Schools in Malta brought about by the pandemic outbreak

James Perry, CEO of Feltom and representing the Malta Chamber of Commerce and author and educator Alan Marsh discuss the repercussions of the collapse of the English language school sector in Malta and plans for recovery.  You can watch via this link. 

James Perry is CEO at the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations Malta (FELTOM) which is a non-profit federation that acts as the voice for its member schools, to ensure that standards are maintained through an accreditation system and to promote member schools and Malta as a QUALITY destination.

James represents the federation in various boards in the tourism and education sectors and he is on the board of the Tourism Business Section Executive Committee and the Education thematic committee within The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

These groups are made up of individuals with vast experience within the different facets of the sector concerned and together provide information, insights, and ideas for the Chamber to present and discuss as the major lobbyist group in Malta.

James is also a member of the Malta Tourism Authority Board representing the ELT industry and is involved in various international boards such as the Global Alliance of Education and Language Associations (Gaela) and QALEN which is a Quality Assurance in Language Education Network.

Alan Marsh is an author and highly accomplished educator with a successful career within ELT which spans over 40 years. Upon re-discovering his Maltese roots and settling in Malta in 1993, he has trained, inspired and nurtured countless Maltese teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Over the years, Alan has made a remarkable contribution to the expansion and diversification of Malta`s ELT industry and he is Honorary President and co-founder of the Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (MATEFL),

Alan is an internationally acclaimed ELT conference speaker, author and teacher trainer. His articles have been published in international ELT magazines such as English Teaching Professional and in several collections of conference papers. He is a contributing author to English for 21stCentury Skills (Express Publishing, 2020) and is co-author (with Antonia Clare) of the recently published The Creative Teacher’s Compendium (Pavilion, 2020). Alan`s three-part publication Exploring English: A Journey of Guided Discovery Through the Rules of English (vols. 1-3) already enjoys a variegated readership in ELT circles and mainstream English Language education.

Alan has taught on a vast range of courses for ESOL Examinations and English for Specific Purposes. Moreover, he is a Cambridge and ELT Council certified teacher trainer who has led numerous EFL, TEFL, TELT, CELTA , DELTA and EU sponsored Erasmus+ programme courses.

In light of the dilemmas brought about by Covid-19, Alan has been quick to adapt and is a distance-learning Cambridge CELTA assessor and the creator of a new online TEFLCert. training course tailored for Malta, which is accredited by the ELT Council. It will launch this month. The course is especially aimed at supporting Malta`s new generation of aspiring ELT professionals and strengthening the position of Malta`s EFL industry online on the global stage. Alan`s meticulous course design guides participants towards national TELT and EFL Permit requirements, while equipping them with knowledge and skills that can be applied to in-class, long-distance and blended/ hybrid, learning-teaching situations, as per current demands and international standards.

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