The added value of the EAEHP native English-speaking teachers is that they are also Health Professionals. All our teachers are experienced healthcare professionals with a solid background of scientific publication and presentations at international conferences.

Sessions will be delivered by a number of expert Health Sciences lecturers (Radiography and Physiotherapy) together with experienced English language lecturers. The main feature of this course is to offer classes for radiographers taught by radiographers, classes for physiotherapists taught by physiotherapists, classes for nurses taught by nurses and so on!

A clinical visit at the local University Hospital highlighting roles and responsibilities of both professions is included in each course.

University of Malta – Physiotherapy team 

Mr Christopher Fenech is a Physiotherapist with a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound which he obtained from Bournemouth University in 2014. He boasts a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy through his work within public and private musculoskeletal clinics, and his work with various local sports clubs. Christopher has been lecturing at the University of Malta since 2013.

Maria Falzon: Ms Maria Falzon has been working as a physiotherapist for 10 years, after graduating with the University of Malta in 2009. 7 years from this work experience have been at the neurological physiotherapy outpatients department in St. Luke’s Hospital. Although her focus is now on adult neuro physiotherapy, Maria boasts a 10-year working experience in the private sector with neuro paediatric cases, together with similar experience at the neuro paediatric centre Desarrollo Infantil y Atención Temprana “Portillo-Delicias” in Zaragoza (Spain). Maria obtained a Master’s degree in Disability Studies in 2019, after studying the societal impacts over the lives of people with progressive neurological conditions.

Johann Zarb: Mr Johann Zarb obtained a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2009, and furthered his studies with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011, and a Master’s by Research, exploring eating and physical behaviors in preschoolers in 2019. Mr Zarb is a state registered Physiotherapist and Nutritionist and is currently providing his services within the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate. Mr Zarb is also active in the local private sector with a special interest in nutrition, rehabilitation and research. His hobbies include astronomy, the culinary arts and long distance running.

Maxine Vella Cassia: Ms Maxine Vella Cassia is a physiotherapist currently working in a neurosurgery inpatient setting within the public health sector. She graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Malta in 2009 and is registered with the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine. In her years working as a physiotherapist, she gained experience in several areas including respiratory, cardiology, intensive care, paediatrics and rehabilitation. Her main area of interest is inpatient care. In 2018, she obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services Management, with special interest in leadership.

University of Malta – Radiography team 

Dr Jonathan L Portelli: Dr Jonathan L Portelli is a radiography lecturer at the University of Malta. Having qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 2004, Jonathan has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate radiography education in Malta since 2007. Apart from lecturing, Jonathan is actively involved in the clinical tutoring and assessment of radiography students’ skills and competencies. Additionally, he has successfully supervised over 30 imaging research projects and studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels over a broad range of imaging modalities, including diagnostic radiography, paediatric imaging, CT, mammography, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.
Jonathan is a past president of the Maltese Society of Medical Radiographers. He has contributed to several international peer reviewed publications and has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, including the annual European Congress of Radiology and the European Society of Paediatric Radiology Postgraduate Course.
Currently, Dr Portelli is an Executive Committee Member of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies Research Hub, whose aim is to encourage and facilitate radiographers’ research activity at international meetings and conferences.

University of Malta – English language support team

Jeanette Theuma: Based in Malta, Jeanette has taught English as a foreign language for over 20 years. Currently, Jean lectures at the University of Malta where the main focus is to differentiate between general and academic English in order to help students improve their performance during their undergraduate studies. Jean also specialises in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) such as Policing, International Relations, Medical English, Radiography and Physiotherapy. Jeanette believes that a communicative, practical approach to learning English benefits and motivates students. Accordingly, she incorporates authentic, hands-on activities to increase the relevance of the material and thus ensure that the lessons are useful and helpful.

Larissa Jonk: Larissa lectures at University of Malta and is currently reading for a PhD with the Centre for English language proficiency (CELP) at the University. She has been involved in the teaching of English for over 25 years. Her expertise covers a range of areas including teaching English to speakers of other languages in specialised contexts, such as English for Radiographers. Other areas involve management of English classes, design of materials, examination of general English and English for specific purposes. Larissa has previously taught on the English for Radiographers and looks forward to this new course which designed for both radiographers and physiotherapists.