The English Language Centre in Brighton & Hove, UK; International Center for American English (ICAE) in La Jolla, CA, USA; Horizonte in Regensburg, Germany; and Kai Japanese Language School in Tokyo, Japan, are all new members of the association of independently-run schools.
Jan Capper, Executive Secretary of Ialc, commented, "Since 2002, 40 independent private language schools have joined Ialc, while only nine schools have left the association." Membership of Ialc now stands at 90 schools in 21 countries worldwide.
Ialc's agent workshop saw a record number of agencies meeting with Ialc member schools this year. Agencies from 113 companies across 27 countries met with 57 individual Ialc members during the two-day schedule. Pre- and post-workshop fam trips were organised for agents to visit Ialc members BLS in Bordeaux, ILA in Montpellier, France Langue in Paris and Alpha B in Nice.
Korean survey of study abroad
A survey by the state's Korean Educational Development Institute (Kedi) has revealed that of 3,633 parents interviewed, over 30 per cent hoped to send their child overseas to study at a young age. The survey also canvassed the opinions of students who had studied overseas along with their parents, elementary and middle school teachers and school officials.
The research indicated that, despite one in three parents favouring the idea of study abroad, many children showed poorer grades after their experience - due to a reported lack of preparation or information. Just over half of the 316 parents of returning students said that their children were in the top 10 per cent in their class but in the top 30 per cent only upon their return.
"Considering the post-academic achievement of the surveyed students, overseas study seems not as effective as parents think," said Kim Hong-won of Kedi. "But the survey showed more and more parents don't want their children excluded from the experience, so I think the government should... [give] more accurate information to students and parents, instead of just making regulations on it."
More than 70 per cent of respondents also commented that abundant and correct information was important - not just the legal regulation.
Meanwhile, Korea's Ministry of Education has announced that all middle schools will have a native English language assistant teacher by 2010 to assist with communication, and textbooks will also give more focus to speaking and listening.
Malta chasing up tax from host families
The Inland Revenue in Malta is reported to have written to all English language schools in the country asking them for the names and addresses of any host families that have received payment for their services since 1998, in an effort to make them pay backdated tax on their earnings.
The news has been met with dismay by many host families, according to an article in The Times of Malta. In a meeting convened by Tourism Minster, Francis Zammit Dimech, families argued that it was difficult to calculate costs when sharing their lives with a student, and also suggested that tax collection should start from now on only.
But Zammit Dimech said families could not be exempt from income tax, adding, "All one has to do is keep track of expenses made, such as feeding the students, cleaning the house, purchase of beds and mattresses, and deduct them from the income," he said. "Tax is only paid on the profit."
Feltom was in talks with the government about the issue at time of going to press.
UK barring legitimate students?
A British immigration lawyer has uncovered a policy of discrimination against visa applicants from India who might be likely to marry and settle in the country, she claims. Jamaican applicants also came up against the same policy of being refused entry on the grounds of being "young, single and of marriageable age".
Fiona Lindsley found this exact wording was used for some visa denials from both countries in a report produced on the visa system in 2003 for minister Charles Clarke. She interpreted this as meaning "it is not desirable that applicants might be given the opportunity to meet British citizens" and marry, reported The Telegraph in India.