Contents - January 2002

Special Report
Close examination
As the language travel market has expanded, problems obtaining visas have been one of the main hindrances to growth in many countries. However, the end of the 1990s marked a turning point for some, as governments re-evaluated their visa regulations. But the September 11 attacks on the USA and the subsequent global unrest has put national security at the top of the agenda, with immigration issues being scrutinised the world over. Jane Vernon Smith reports.

Western Australia's wonders
Three-and-a-half times the size of Texas, Western Australia is the perfect destination for students wanting to discover some of Australia's wide open landscape and rich cultural heritage. The state offers all manner of activities from visits to aboriginal sites to sandboarding at the Pinnacles. Its capital, Perth, hosts plenty of cultural events year round, and its unspoilt, white sandy beaches coupled with the population's laid-back life style, are sure to add to a student's enjoyment, as Amy Baker finds out.

Market Report
South Africa rises
Thanks to the relative weakness of its currency and its rising popularity in the mainstream tourism markets, South Africa is attracting a growing number of language travel students and from a wider range of countries. Having relied on Germany and Switzerland for many years, schools are now finding more students enrolling on their courses from other European countries and Latin America. An expansion of their range of courses also means that South Africa is appealing to a wider audience, as Gillian Poole reports.

City Focus
Mention Oxford and most students think of its famous university, undergraduates in black gowns and magnificent architecture. But there is much more to the city, including lively pubs and bars, plenty of cultural activities, tranquil parks and the River Cherwell, perfect for spending summer afternoons punting with friends. Paul Evans reports on Oxford's diverse appeal.

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Despite the computer revolution in many areas of our lives, computer-aided language learning (Call) has only recently become a feature of the language teaching industry. While many schools have computer facilities in their self-access centres, Amy Baker reveals that a growing number of schools are now incorporating Call into their classroom language lessons.

When confidence levels return to pre-September 11 days, there may indeed be a boom in student demand

Visa reforms likely in the USA
Moves to improve languages in China and Taiwan
'Australia and NZ tipped for student growth
Arels joins UK tourism body

Travel News
Low-cost Tango takes to the air
Hopes kept alive for Ansett and Swissair
Cutbacks beset
the industry
Open skies for the USA and France
Safety efforts for US air passengers

China defies predictions

Agency News
BC overhauls
agent approach
The new euro currency arrives
Hungarian association plans progress
Agent questionnaire: Peter Kovacs, Study Tours
Face to face: Bonnie Cothren, The Intensive English Language Institute of Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.
Association corner: Albert Lee, Tosa

Agency Survey
Thailand's hopes
Modest growth characterised the Thai language travel market in 2001 and many agencies are hopeful for 2002, believing that students will remain resolved to study abroad, despite global unrest and possible economic concerns.

A significant increase in the average number of weeks spent on a language course and a rise in the number of Asian students were key trends noted in this issue's Feedback survey of students studying German in Germany.

New Products
Screen English
London Film Academy
EFL plus introduction to film-making

City speak
English [out there!]

In Focus
This issue's In focus examines Celt school in Cardiff, Wales. The school's Director, Greg Nelson, answers our questions about the institution and a variety of overseas agents provide their views and experiences of working with the school.

Challenges ahead
Language travel agents face a number of challenges in the race to keep one step ahead. Anna Zachariassen reports on issues of concern to agents as they enter a new year.

Course Guide
Private tuition in the UK
The UK has a number of independent high schools, which charge fees to British students and overseas nationals and pride themselves on their high standard of facilities, teaching and reputation. Many of these schools (operating outside of the state system) accept international students, for summer language courses or year-round tuition, and foreign students can be incorporated into the mainstream education system. A variety of language courses are offered, including academic preparation, summer vacation or one-to-one tuition.

Alto's global vision
The new Chairperson of the Association of Language Travel Organisations (Alto), Michael Gerber, tells Language Travel Magazine of Alto's aims for the future and answers our questions about the association's significant achievements to date.

The Status survey gathers market data from language teaching institutions in a variety of countries and produces comparable world market statistics.  It is a joint venture from Language Travel Magazine and the Association of Language Travel Organisations (Alto).