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Australia Feedback

A greater spread of nationalities took part in this year’s Feedback survey on Australia, and agent usage was slightly down on last year’s results.

Australia Feedback at a glance

Total number of students: 184 (female 92, male 83, unknown 9)
Average age in years:
Average length of programme in weeks:
Average number of students in class:
Average number of hours of language tuition per week:
% of students who found out about their course through an agent:
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser:
% of students who had been on another language programme:
% of students who would recommend their school:

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
1. Asia 46%
2. Latin America 16%
3. W Europe 11%
4. Middle East 10%
5. C & E Europe 5%
No reply 12%
1. Japanese 11%
1. Korean 11%
3. Chinese 8%
4. Brazilian 7%
4. Saudi 7%
6. Colombian 6.5%
7. Thai 6%
8. Vietnamese 4%
9. Polish 3%
10. Indonesian 2%

In my class there are... How easy is it to practise your language skills with native speakers?
1. The right amount of students (54%)
2. Too many students 17%
3. Too many students from one other country 13%
3. Too many students who speak my language 13%
No reply 3%
1. Quite hard (47%)
2. Quite easy (35%)
3. Very hard (10%)
4. Very easy (8%)

How did you find your programme? Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
1. Recommended by an agent (54%)
2. Recommended by a friend/relative (25%)
3. I found it on the Internet (19%)
4. I saw it advertised 2%
Yes (59%)
No (36%)
Unknown (5%)

Student reasons for school selection included:
“I wanted to stay in a quiet place”
“Professional teaching, friendly atmosphere, good location”
“Good comments on an Internet forum”
“By researching on the web this was the best English institute”
“It is part of a university and I am surrounded by English-speaking students”
“The programme was the best cost benefit to me”

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Yes (83%)
No (9%)
Unknown (8%)

Yes (68%)
No (23%)
Unknown (9%)
Yes (83%)
No (9%)
Unknown (8%)

Student nationality
A total of 32 different nationalities were represented by the students who took part in our Feedback survey on Australia this year, a marked increase on the 24 nationalities recorded last year (see LTM February 2010, pages 36-37). Students from Yemen, Peru, Estonia and Mongolia featured in the nationality list, along with those represented by greater numbers such as Japan, Korea and China. The proportion of Chinese students present decreased considerably from last year when they featured in the top spot, making up 20 per cent of the student body. This year, however, they slipped into third (making up just eight per cent of the student body), beaten by Korea and Japan, with an equal 11 per cent share each. Regionally, Asian students were the most numerous, making up 46 per cent of students compared with 52 per cent previously. In contrast, Middle Eastern students increased by seven percentage points, to 10 per cent.

Student motivation
The greatest proportion of students this year (52 per cent) were aged between 20 and 25 years old and 84 per cent of students were studying in Australia on courses that lasted for over six weeks. Forty-two per cent of students were currently using English for their studies and an equally high number (57 per cent) were intending to use their language skills to go on to further study in Australia, at home or another English-speaking country. The strong academic motivation for learning English, however, could be accounted for by the large number of students studying at an English language centre attached to a university that took part in our survey. Just over 24 per cent of respondents had more than one reason for learning English, including work and study either at home or overseas.

Student enrolment
Agent usage among students was slightly down on last year when 66 per cent found out about their course through an agent and 75 per cent booked through one. This year, 54 per cent found out about their course through an agent and 59 per cent booked through one. Instead the Internet was the method of choice for 19 per cent of students looking for their school (compared with 11 per cent last year) and a number of students specified that they made their choice due to the fact that the school had a good website.

Standard of the schools
Students seemed to be generally satisfied by their courses as teachers and the academic programme were found to be at least satisfactory by 94 per cent and 87 per cent respectively. However, just 82 per cent of students said that they would recommend their school to others. Possible problems encountered by students could well be slightly larger class sizes, as 17 per cent said that they thought there were too many students in their class and the average class size was 14. Individual class sizes ranged from one to 22.

Living in Australia
The language and the local people came out on top when students were asked to rank their preferred aspects of Australia. A high 78 per cent of students found Australia to be more expensive than their home countries, however, with an average cost of a one week course, including accommodation, coming in at AUS$428 (US$429), a small increase on last year’s AUS$454 (US$455).

Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey: Academy of English, Sydney, NSW; Carrick Institute of Education, Adelaide, SA; Carrick Institute of Education, Brisbane, QLD; Kaplan International College, Brisbane, QLD; Lyceum English Language, Melbourne, VIC; Perth Institute of Business and Technology, Perth, WA; Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA; Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW; Sydney English Language Centre, Bondi Junction, NSW; University of Western Australia CELT, Perth, WA; West Coast International College, Bunbury, WA.
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