Meet the Teachers at Maltalingua

Maltalingua teachers are Native English level and come to us from all around the world. Our teaching faculty are required to hold an internationally recognised University of Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification (or equivalent). We focus on recruiting friendly, mature, well-educated, and energetic teachers who engage with students on a familiar and individual basis. Our teachers are paramount to the success of our students and are key to the successful provision of our curriculum.

We encourage individual teacher and student integration both inside and outside the classroom, and as such teachers are very much involved in day-to-day school activities and frequently accompany students on school social activities.

We believe that the success of any language school is highly dependent upon the strengths of its teachers.  The Maltalingua academic team is specifically trained to teach English as a Foreign Language and is required to incorporate our modern EFL teaching philosophy and to adapt lessons for our students.

Rachel YoungRachael Young: CELTA

Hi, I’m Rachael, and I’m from Scotland. I made the decision to retrain and move abroad, and now I am a CELTA qualified teacher in Malta. I started with Maltalingua in June 2017 and haven’t looked back. The school is almost like a family, and we have a strong and supportive teaching team.

I really enjoy meeting our students and find myself learning from them as much as they learn English from me.

We work hard, but the reward comes from seeing how our students improve and develop.

I am happy I have chosen Malta and Maltalingua has chosen me, I am sure you will feel the same when you join us.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading and love to cook.

Paul AtkinsPaul Atkins: CELTA, DELTA, B.Sc. (Hons) Ecology, MA in Applied Linguistics.

Hi, my name’s Paul Atkins and I’m from Brighton in the UK. I’ve spent 30 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and academic manager; I’ve worked in language schools, as a freelance consultant, and at a college in the UK.

A few years ago I decided to travel the world doing what I love best, teaching, and, well—here I am. My teaching? I believe strongly that good teaching can be recognised from its good results, so I want my students to learn as much as possible.

I’m fascinated by how we learn, and I try to connect with my students to find what works best for them as individuals. I love grammar (who doesn’t?), but spoken communication lies at the heart of language learning. So, whatever the level, my lessons involve a lot of speaking and fluency practice and—I hope—enjoyment.

I have the DELTA, a first-class B.Sc., and a Masters in Applied Linguistics. Outside work, I’m a traveller, scuba diver, reader, and I love nature and the countryside. I’m a big fan of my hometown football team, Brighton & Hove Albion, for my sins.

Elisa MissiagiaElisa Missiaggia: CELTA

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself. My name is Elisa. :)

After my bachelor’s degree in Translation and my tour leader qualification, I decided to come back to study in order to follow one of my biggest passions: TEACHING.

I successfully obtained my CELTA qualification, and I am currently based in Malta. I do believe that learning English is suitable for everyone. It is just a matter of looking for what suits you the most.

That is why I love experimenting with new methods and techniques during my lessons. The only keyword is HAVING FUN, and I promise that it is possible!

Maltalingua gives me a chance to delve into this approach of expressing my creativity. The atmosphere is so friendly that you feel at home! Both for the students and the teachers, there is the possibility to improve as people and professionals. Welcome on board!

Ben CookBenjamin Cook: TEFL

Hi, my name is Ben, and I am a TEFL qualified teacher from Barnsley in the UK.

I’ve spent the last 10 years working in several countries as a teacher and academic manager.

I really enjoy meeting and learning about new people, so I am very happy to work with Maltalingua where I have the chance to meet so many people from numerous countries.

My teaching style is student-focused, relaxed, and friendly. I want and hope they always have a smile on their faces too. When not teaching I am a big fan of learning new things, trying new experiences, and exploring new places.

Andrew McHughAndrew McHugh: CELTA

"Hi, I'm Andrew, from Dublin; Welcome to Maltalingua. In pursuit of a more relaxed lifestyle, good food/wine, and an abundance of outdoor activities, namely sailing, I relocated to Malta in 2021.

Passionate about education, training, and the mantra of lifelong learning, I have been teaching English since 2014. My EFL teaching experience includes the delivery of General, Business English, and EAP/ ESP.

Whether you are learning English for pleasure/exam preparation, my goal as an English teacher is to help you develop/perfect your English language skills collectively or individually. I encourage learner autonomy, deliver practical, learner-centred, interactive, and exciting lessons using various methodologies and resources.

Malta is an idyllic Mediterranean location to start or continue your English language journey. I hope to see you soon!

Daniel BrowneDaniel Browne: TEFL

Hi. My name is Daniel, and I am a TEFL qualified teacher from Dublin, Ireland. Coming to Malta was one of the best decisions of my life.

I've made so many friends here and learned so much about myself, and life in general. I feel that I am quite a patient teacher. From the age of 11, my family was a host family in Ireland for students my own age to come over to live and practice English in my home.

They came from all over Europe like Spain, Italy, France, Germany and more. This has given me the patience and understanding to talk to English students and teach them how to read, write, and speak confidently.

I love meeting new people, and am so happy with meeting all the lovely teachers and staff at Maltalingua!

Gill PritchettGillian Pritchett: CELTA

Hi, I'm Gillian. I was born and raised in the UK, but I've travelled extensively, lived in France and Germany, and for 12 years in Canada.

I've been a Malta fan since my first visit many years ago and love spending extended chunks of time here. Working for Maltalingua is a true joy thanks to supportive colleagues and motivated students.

I'm CELTA qualified and very experienced teaching face to face and in more recent times, online. My focus is business English as my international business career means I can really help students use their English in as near to real-life contexts as possible.  My specialist areas are finance, strategy, marketing, negotiations, and HRM.

I studied French and Geography at university, then qualified as an accountant. I also have an MA in European Industrial relations and HR and a post-grad diploma in Marketing Management.

I enjoy discovering other countries, learning languages, reading, and sports especially running and cycling. And.. I’m a qualified gong practitioner...."

Ljubica SimonovaLjubica Simonova

“Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate; our deepest fear is that we’re powerful beyond measure.” I live and breathe this quote from the popular sports drama of the 90s, Coach Carter. And I try to show that to my students every day.

My name is Ljubica, and I’m from Negotino, Macedonia. The road to becoming an English teacher was more of a rock, with no ropes or equipment in hand and rain that wouldn’t stop for years, but I made it. Luckily, I’m no stranger to challenges, but I wouldn’t be here without the trust of a few people who have given me a chance to prove what I can do.

Working in the best language school in Malta, with some of the most helpful, compassionate, understanding, and hard-working individuals I have ever met has been a life-changing experience. With good teachers like us, you’ll have no problem reaching your English-speaking goals.

We always try to create all the necessary conditions for any learning to happen, not only in the classroom but outside of it too.

Add to it the fun, unique, never-boring activities that we prepare for our lessons, and you’ll see that you can learn, speak, and understand English too. Patient, passionate about teaching, and perceptive of students’ needs are the three key characteristics of a good teacher, and I can proudly say that I have all three. But my primary goal is to always create a safe, friendly environment for every student to make mistakes and learn from them.