[lg policy] Malta: Education Ministry in campaign to raise standards of English language use

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 11 14:28:23 UTC 2014

Education Ministry in campaign to raise standards of English language use

The Education Ministry is embarking on a programme and campaign for the
maintenance and raising of standards in English language use in Malta.

There would be a structured and focused inquiry into the multifaceted and
complex situation of English language use in Maltese schools and a review
of the current levels of English proficiency of Maltese school age students
would be conducted in conjunction with Cambridge English, UK.

The purpose of the review is to report on the levels of English language
competence of learners according to international standards.

Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK delivers over four million
language assessments every year and has worked with governments and
organisations around the world, including commonwealth countries, on
similar projects.

A reliable evaluation of the current standards in English language
proficiency in Maltese schools will be conducted to enable the ministry to
set realistic and achievable targets for future English learning and
teaching in the national language policy in education.

An integrated solution is being sought to raise standards and enhance
student learning outcomes. Through a well-defined language policy and
strategy as well as an analysis of baseline diagnostics, a number of
important sectors would be reviewed and a clear implementation plan drawn up

This would include English curriculum design, actual teaching and learning
of English in schools, materials and resources, teacher preparation and

Emphasis would also be put on institutional capacity building to allow
Malta to maintain the special status of English and to ensure high levels
of proficiency which provide it with a cutting edge in its international


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