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South Africa Feedback

The nationalities of students going to South Africa to study were largely unchanged this year although there was a decline in the number of students from central and eastern Europe. Agent usage was also down this year.

South Africa Feedback at a glance

Total number of students: 99 (female 38, male 50, unknown 11)
Average age in years: 25.9
Average length of programme in weeks: 10.6
Average number of students in class: 7.9
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 22.7
% of students who found out about their course through an agent: 28
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 24
% of students who had been on another language programme: 20
% of students who would recommend their school: 91

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
1. Africa 35%
2. W Europe 22%
3. Asia 15%
3. Latin America 15%
5. Middle East 10%
No reply 3%
1. Congolese 12%
2. Brazilian 11%
3. Chinese 9%
4. Angolan 7%
5. Swiss 6%
5. Korean 6%
7. German 5%
8. Libyan 4%
8. Mozambican 4%
Other 36%

In my class there are... How easy is it to practise your language skills with native speakers?
1. The right amount of students (72%)
2. Too many students who speak my language 9%
3. Too many students from one other country 9%
4. Too many students 6%
No reply 4%
1. Quite easy (58%)
2. Quite hard (23%)
3. Very easy (10%)
4. Very hard (2%)
No reply 7%

How did you find your programme? Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
1. Recommended by a friend/ relative (51%)
2. Recommended by an advisor (28%)
3. I found it on the Internet (18%)
4. I saw it advertised 2%
No reply 1%
Yes (24%)
No (61%)
Unknown (15%)

Student reasons for school selection included:
“The location of the school’s residence”
“There were fewer Korean students than other schools”
“The presentation was the clearest and most complete that I found in Cape Town”
“It is considered one of the best universities in South Africa”
“It was listed in the best 100 schools in the Financial Times newspaper”

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Yes (74%)
No (17%)
Unknown (9%)

Yes (62%)
No (27%)
Unknown (11%)
Yes (42%)
No (47%)
Unknown (11%)

Student nationality
Swiss students joined Germans as one of only two western European countries in the list of top 10 nationalities in our South Africa Feedback survey this year and became the fifth most populous nationality at the schools, despite not featuring in the top 10 at all last year (see LTM, August 2010, pages 26-27). Another significant change between this year and last year’s results was the total absence of students from Central and Eastern Europe. This world region made up four per cent of the total student numbers in our previous survey. Perhaps continued economic difficulties have meant that Central and Eastern Europeans have been looking for language study options closer to home. African nationalities continued to represent the largest group of students at language schools in South Africa, with Congolese coming out on top, in keeping with last year. In total, 32 nationalities were represented in our survey.

Student motivation
The average length of stay for students on language programmes in South Africa was just 10.6 weeks, down from the 15.1 weeks recorded last year. The majority of students (59 per cent) were studying on courses that were between seven and 19 weeks in length and a further 22 per cent of students were studying on courses of less than six weeks in length. Despite this trend towards shorter courses, over 50 per cent of students had an academic motive for their language studies, either for further studies at home or abroad, and 41 per cent said that they were currently studying at a college or university in their home country. In total, 44 per cent of students said that they were studying English to help in their future work aspirations, with 19 per cent giving a range of motivational factors for their language studies.

Student enrolment
Agent usage among our survey respondents was relatively low this year, compared with last year’s results, with just 28 per cent of students saying that they had found out about their course through an agent (compared with 34 per cent last year) and 24 per cent booking through an agency (compared with 44 per cent previously). Instead, 51 per cent of students relied on the recommendations of friends and family to find their course.

Standard of the schools
With an average class size of 7.9 students (compared with 6.7 last year) it is no surprise that just six per cent of students thought that there were too many students in their class. Otherwise, nine per cent of respondents said that there were too many students of their own nationality present and a further nine per cent said that there were too many students of one other nationality in their classes. Of those who said that there were too many students of their own nationality in their class, a third were from Switzerland while others were from a range of countries including Italy, Sweden and China. Overall, the teachers at language schools in South Africa were deemed to be at least good by 89 per cent of students.

Living in South Africa
The average cost of weekly tuition and accommodation was US$462, an increase on last year’s figure of US$309. Overall, 40 per cent of respondents thought that South Africa was more expensive than their own country while 36 per cent found it be lower than at home. The language, people and countryside were the most favoured aspects of life in South Africa.

Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey: Cape Studies, Cape Town; EC, Cape Town; Eurocentres, Cape Town; Interlink School of English, Cape Town; International House Cape Town, Cape Town; Kurus English, Cape Town; LAL, Cape Town; Language Teaching Centre, Cape Town; Wits Language School, Johannesburg.
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