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December 2006 issue

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Agency Survey
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Canada Feedback

Chinese numbers were down this year at Canadian English language schools, while increasing numbers of Western Europeans are travelling to the country to learn English, according to the results of this year's Student Feedback survey on Canada.

Canada feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 70, male 48, (unknown 5) 123
Average age of students in years: 23.9
Average length of programme in weeks: 12.6
Average number of students in class: 11.3
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 22.3
% of students who found their course through an agent: 50
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 61
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 28
% of students who would recommend their school: 90

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (24%)
Asia (46%)
C & E Europe (2%)
North America (2%)
Middle East (3%)
South America (22%)
Unknown (1%)
1. Japanese 21%
2. Korean 15%
3. Mexican 16%
4. Brazilian 7%
4. Swiss 7%
6. Spanish 5%
6. Chinese 5%
8. Turkish 3%
9. German 2%
9. German 2%

In my class there are... How will you use your English in the future?
Too many students (9%)
Too many students of my language (11%)
Too many students from one other countries (12%)
None of these (67%)
Unknown (1%)
Coll. study in the Canada (15%)
College study elsewhere (11%)
College study at home (20%)
Current or future work (48)
For pleasure only (6%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of your accommodation
It was recommended by an agent (51%)
It was recommended by a friend/relative (24%)
II found it on the Internet (15%)
I saw it advertised (7%) No reply (3%)
Excellent (36%)
Good (33%)
Satisfactory (21%)
Poor (4%)
Unknown (6%)

Standard of your academic programme Standard of the teaching
Excellent (35%)
Good (45%)
Satisfactory (16%)
Poor (1%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)
Excellent (61%)
Good (34%)
Satisfactory (3%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)

Standard of your social programme? What is your accomodation while in Canada?
Excellent (30%)
Good (48%)
Satisfactory (18%)
Satisfactory (2%)
Unsatisfactory (2%)
Host family (60%)
Residential/single room (17%)
Residential/dormitory (8%)
Other(12%)
Unknown (3%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (61%)
No (28%)
Unknown (11%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (77%)
No (20%)
Unknown (3%)
City/town
Yes (60%)
No (37%)
Unknown (3%)
School
Yes (40%)
No (59%)
Unknown (1%)


Student nationality
The most noticeable nationality trend in this year’s Feedback survey on Canada is a decrease in the number of Chinese students. Last year, they made up 15 per cent of respondents, while this year this number was down to just five per cent. In contrast, the number of Western Europeans crossing the Atlantic to Canada has increased in the last 12 months, to 24 per cent of respondents, compared with 11 per cent previously (see Language Travel Magazine, December 2005, pages 16-17). Four Western European nationalities made it into the top ten nationality groups this year; Swiss, German – in common with last year – as well as Spanish and French. Latin American nationalities remained a fairly strong market, making up 22 per cent of the student body. However, reports of increasing Middle Eastern enrolments among Canadian language schools in our recent Market Report were only modestly reflected, with Middle Eastern students making up just three per cent of the student body compared with two per cent last year.

Student motivation
The majority of students (52 per cent) said that they were currently using English for their studies, although the principle aim among 48 per cent of students was to use their English for future work purposes. The average length of stay for students was quite high at 12.6 weeks, although the largest group (39 per cent) was actually studying on a language course for six weeks or less in length.

Student enrolment
Fifty-one per cent of students found their course in Canada via an agency this year, a slight decrease on the previous 56 per cent recorded. A large proportion of students also gave agency advice as a reason for choosing a particular school, although other reasons included the provision of pathway programmes on to higher education; an English-only policy; and also a favourable nationality breakdown. Internet use among students as a way of finding a language programme decreased slightly this year, from 16 per cent previously to 14 per cent, while personal recommendation by friends and relatives was relied on by 24 per cent of students, up from 21 per cent last year.

Standard of the schools
Overall, 90 per cent of respondents said that they would recommend their school to others and a further six per cent did not reply to this question. Nationality mix and class sizes are usually the vital differential for schools to get right and our survey found that 67 per cent of students agreed that the nationality mix and class size at their school was just right. Of the 11 per cent who thought that there were too many students of their own nationality, 50 per cent were Japanese and 29 per cent were Korean – the top two nationalities.

Living in Canada
Korean students almost universally found Canada to be more expensive than at home, while large percentages of Japanese, Brazilian, Mexican and Chinese students also said the same. Japanese and Korean students were also more likely to find it difficult to practise their language skills with the locals, with many saying this was a very hard part of their experience. However, overall, 64 per cent of students said that it was either very easy or quite easy to talk to locals.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Canadian College of English Language, Vancouver, BC; Canadian International Student Services, Toronto, ONT; East Coast School of Languages, Halifax, NS; Global Village, Toronto, ONT; Language Studies Canada, Calgary, AB; Language Studies Canada, Montreal, QB; Language Studies Canada, Toronto, ONT; Language Studies Canada, Vancouver, BC; Pacific Global Language Centre, Vancouver, BC; Pacific Language Institute, Toronto, ONT; Study Abroad Canada, Charlottetown, PEI; Tamwood International College, Whistler, BC; Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC; Vancouver Premier College of English Language, Vancouver, BC; Vanier College Language School, Montreal, QB; VanWest College, Vancouver, BC.

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Country

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Belta
English Australia
Fedele
Ialc
MEI-Relsa
Quality English

STUDENT WEBSITES
language-
       programs.net

TOURIST BOARDS
Fedele/Turlingua
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORK EXPERIENCE/
INTERNSHIPS
Access
       International
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect
Auckland English
       Academy
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Cape Studies -
       Pacific Gateway
       Study Group
Churchill House
Cork English College
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
Excel English
Frances King
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
Lake School of
       English
Languages
       International
Malvern House
Modus Language
       Institute
Monash University
Prolog- International
       House Berlin
Rotorua English
       Language Academy
Tellus Group / Work
       Experience UK
University of
       California San Diego
Vancouver English
       Centre

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
Belta
English Australia
IALC
MEI-Relsa

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
Monash University

CANADA
Access International
Immersion Baie-des-
       Chaleurs
Modus Language
       Institute
Vancouver English
       Centre

CHINA
Mandarin House

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France, Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Beet Language
       Centre
Bell International
       (Malta, UK)
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
       Int.
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
English Language
       Centre Brighton
       & Hove
Excel English
       Language School
Frances King School
       of English
Ialc
Lake School of
       English
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
London School of
       English
Malvern House
Millfield Enterprises
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Tellus Group
West London
       Business College
Wimbledon School
       of English

GERMANY
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Cork English College
       /Language &
       Activity Holidays
Galway Cultural
       Institute
Linguaviva Centre
MEI-Relsa

MALTA
Malta Tourism
       Authority

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
       Academy
Languages
       International
Rotorua English
       Language Academy

POLAND
York School

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SCOTLAND
Stirling University

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies -
       Pacific Gateway
       Study Group
Good Hope Studies
Interlink School of
       Languages

SPAIN
Fedele/Turlingua

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
Brown University
California State
       University Fullerton
ELS Language
       Centers
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
Monterey Institute of
       International
       Studies
University of
       California Riverside
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Cruz
Zoni Language
       Centers