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An app to help pupils enjoy learning Maltese

The members of Platinum: (Front row, from left Rebecca Fenech, Chloe Chappell, Alix Zahra, Pippa Formosa, Francesca Vassallo, Lisa Galea Salomone and Renee Erasmi. (Back row, from left Adam Al Gededi, Michael Pace, Luke Borg, Sean Gatt Baldacchino and Nicholas Borg Manduca.

The members of Platinum: (Front row, from left Rebecca Fenech, Chloe Chappell, Alix Zahra, Pippa Formosa, Francesca Vassallo, Lisa Galea Salomone and Renee Erasmi. (Back row, from left Adam Al Gededi, Michael Pace, Luke Borg, Sean Gatt Baldacchino and Nicholas Borg Manduca.

A group of first-year Sixth Form students from St Martin’s College, Swatar, who formed a company called Platinum to take part in the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise 2013 programme, have developed a web-app called MaltEasy, designed to help five to 10-year-old children learn Maltese in an enjoyable way.

The app is aimed to assist English speakers who are not fully exposed to the Maltese language, as well as to build on the foundation of those already familiar with Maltese. On entering the app, users are guided, accorded to age, to different categories which include verbs, nouns, adjectives and idioms, allowing children to expand their general vocabulary. Interactive and enjoyable activities have been included in MaltEasy such as matching Maltese and English words, picture interpretation, audio dictation and word searches.

The students said their personal experience and market research had showed that many children aged five to 10 had problems learning Maltese, and they hope the app will enable primary schoolchildren construct more complex sentences and enjoy speaking Maltese with greater confidence.

MaltEasy will be launched early in the new year as a subscription-based app at an annual cost of €5.

Platinum is also offering to sell shares in the Young Enterprise company. Anyone interested in becoming a shareholder may e-mail [email protected].

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