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Contents - April 2007


Special Report
Made to measure
Despite the premium price tag attached to one-to-one language courses, their appeal is spreading. No longer favoured solely by professionals looking for a quick, effective and relevant language learning experience, one-to-one courses are now also popular with juniors, university students and tourists. Gillian Evans reports.


Direction
Home from home
Despite the premium price tag attached to one-to-one language courses, their appeal is spreading. No longer favoured solely by professionals looking for a quick, effective and relevant language learning experience, one-to-one courses are now also popular with juniors, university students and tourists. Gillian Evans reports.



Destination
The real America
Great scenery, plenty of cultural attractions, a safe environment and a low cost of living are just some of the factors that attract a growing number of language students to the lesser known inland states of the USA. Gillian Evans reports.



Opinion

Intangible gain

In the last few years government awareness regarding the benefits of international education has been increasing in a number of English language learning destinations around the world. Encouraging mobility among students includes looking at both inbound student traffic, which engenders a number of cultural and financial benefits to the destination, as well as the outbound flow of nationals, who learn about another culture and language and thus enhance the country’s competitiveness and international integrity on a national level.

In the USA, the latest Open Doors report produced by the Institute for International Education (IIE) shows data not only relating to foreign students studying in the country (page 6), but also to the number of Americans studying overseas – this figure was up by eight per cent in 2006 on the previous year. The IIE states this is a sign of US students “recognising international study as an essential part of preparing for a successful career in a globally interdependent world”.

In New Zealand, officials are delighted that Saudi students will now be able to apply for scholarships to study in the country – because of the estimated US$27,000 each in foreign exchange that these foreign visitors will bring, not to mention intercultural opportunities (page 7).

And in the UK, a prestigious university is doing its bit to kickstart language learning among Britons by announcing that it will require a foreign language GCSE as a condition of acceptance onto an undergraduate degree course from 2012 (page 6). Meanwhile, in a bid to enhance the appeal of UK foundation courses for inbound students, a working party of English UK members has devised a national framework for minimum and transparent standards (page 7).

The benefits that international education can bring to a country are in many ways intangible, but IDP Education in Australia, the single largest student recruitment operation bringing students into that country, has estimated the value of international education to the state of Western Australia (page 11). The study also points out an interesting fact – 24 per cent of parents visit their child while they are studying in the state. Such spin-off earnings from international education are likely to continue undocumented for many years, if my experience is anything to go by. Having spent a year in Bordeaux, France, I find myself amending travel plans to incorporate a return trip there fairly often, taking friends and family with me.


Opinion
Intangible gain


News
Open Doors - IEP figures in USA are positive
New framework for UK foundation programmes
Saudi scholarships granted for study in NZ
IH forum for Spanish teachers expands
New Esos rules for refunds in Australia
First Feltom-accredited school in Malta
UK universities to demand language skills

Travel News
Tourism boost in Australia
Tiger Airways' bold expansion plans
Airbus A380 wins over media despite delay
Ryanair profits through rising prices

Agency News
IOnline agent training is a success in Australia
Agency association formed in Singapore
IDP opens service centre in Perth

Agency Survey
Spain still buoyant
A healthy economy boosted the Spanish language travel market in 2006, with good growth recorded last year and favourable forecasts for 2007 given by most of the agencies that took part in this issue's Agency Survey.

Feedback
Italy feedback
High satisfaction rates and a greater use of agents among students characterised our Feedback survey on Italy. The nationality mix remained varied despite a decrease in the number of US students going to learn Italian in Italy.

Course Guide
Welts/Toefl in Australia
While many language schools offer Ielts preparation courses for international students in Australia, Toefl preparation is also becoming common.

Spotlight
Foundation courses in the UK
There is rising interest in foundation programmes that ensure international students are at the same academic level as British students and well adjusted to begin university life in the UK. We profile some of the courses available.

City Focus
Andalucia's attractions
Andalucia incorporates the typically Spanish traits of sun, sea and a relaxed way of life ? a winning combination for language students, as Bethan Norris finds out.

Status
Canada 2005
The Status survey is a venture by Language Travel Magazine, which gathers specific market data about all of the main language teaching markets in the world. For the first time, it is possible to compare world market statistics.