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Canada Feedback

This issue’s Canada Feedback survey reveals a high proportion of Asian students studying English for their further studies either in Canada or another English-speaking country.

Canada Feedback at a glance

Total number of students: (female 40, male 38, Unknown 8) 86
Average age in years: 25.2
Average length of programme in weeks: 22.8
Average number of students in class: 10.2
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 16.1
% of students who found out about their course through an agent: 58
% of students who booked through an agent or advisor: 57
% of students who had been on another language programme: 28
% of students who would recommend their school: 86

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
1. Asia 61%
2. Latin America 11%
3. Western Europe 14%
4. Middle East 12%
No reply 2%
1. Chinese 22%
2. Korean 15%
3. Japanese 14%
4. Saudi 12%
5. French 6%
6. Brazilian 5%
6. Spanish 5%
6. Taiwanese 5%
9. Thai 4%
10. Mexican 2%
10. Venezuelan 2%

In my class there are... How easy is it to practise your language skills with native speakers?
1. The right amount of students (56%)
2. Too many students from one other country 17%
3. Too many students who speak my language 14%
4. Too many students 7%
No reply 6%
1. Quite hard (41%)
2. Very easy (40%)
3. Quite easy (11%)
4. Very hard (5%)
No reply 3%

How did you find your programme? Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
1. Recommended by an advisor (14%)
2. Recommended by a friend/ relative (23%)
3. I found it on the Internet (13%)
4. I saw it advertised 4%
No reply 2%
Yes (57%)
No (36%)
Unknown (7%)

Student reasons for school selection included:
“High quality of education, good study environment”
“I heard that this school doesn’t have a lot of Koreans”
“Many things were good but the most attractive thing was free Friday activities”
“My cousin studies here and told me it was great”
“My agent said this school was strict about [speaking] English only”
“Good choice of homestay families, safe city”
“The European agent of the school answered my questions quickly”

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Yes (81%)
No (14%)
Unknown (5%)

Yes (67%)
No (28%)
Unknown (5%)
Yes (50%)
No (43%)
Unknown (7%)

Student nationality
Chinese students made up the single largest nationality group studying at Canadian institutions in this year’s Canada Feedback survey. Accounting for 22 per cent, Chinese students were up 11 percentage points on our previous survey (see LTM, July 2010, pages 34-35). However, numbers were boosted by the fact that one of the schools that took part in our survey had a dominance of Chinese students. If this school were excluded, then this nationality would poll third. Taking all entries into account once again, Korean students were in second place this year, accounting for 15 per cent of the total number of students in our survey – although their share has tumbled by 14 percentage points on last year. There were slightly higher proportions of Saudi students – 12 per cent compared with nine per cent in our 2010 survey – and Japanese students, whose share rose from nine per cent last year to 14 per cent this year. In total, Asian students accounted for 61 per cent of all Feedback respondees this year, compared with 52 per cent in 2010, while Latin Americans made up 11 per cent of students, down from 16 per cent in previously. Their numbers were made up of Mexicans, Venezuelans and Colombians.

Student motivation
The lion’s share (71 per cent) of Feedback respondents were university or college students, and the ages of the students that took part in our survey ranged from 16 to 33, averaging out at 25.2 years. Eighty per cent indicated that they currently used their language skills for their studies, and when asked how they would use their English in the future, 37 per cent said they would use it for their further studies in Canada, while 12 per cent said they were intending to go on to another English-speaking country to study. A further 14 per cent were going to use their English for their studies at home. Thirty-three per cent of respondents said they would use their English in current or future work.

Student enrolment
While the proportion of students who said they had first heard of their language programme through an advisor was down from 62 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent this year, the percentage that had ultimately booked through an advisor remained relatively high at 57 per cent, compared with 59 per cent last year. At 28 per cent, a relatively high proportion of students in Canada had been on a previous study abroad trip, mainly to learn English in countries such as Australia, the USA, the UK and the Philippines.

Standard of the schools
There were between four and 18 students in classes, averaging out at 10 per class. Only seven per cent of students indicated that there were too many students in their class and they were generally in groups of over 12. When asked about the nationality mix of classes, 14 per cent of students, mostly Chinese, said there were too many students who spoke their language, while a further 17 per cent indicated that there were too many students from one single country. When asked to rate the standard of individual aspects of their school, 94 per cent said their teachers were either good or excellent.

Living in Canada
Average cost per week for a course plus accommodation was around CAN$396.35 (US$411), and 79 per cent of students said they found the cost of living to be higher than at home. Among these were all Brazilian students, and all but one of the Saudi and Chinese students.

Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey: Access International Language School Centre, Toronto, ON; Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI), Vancouver, BC; East Coast College of Languages, Halifax, NS; ELPI, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC; English Language Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; English Language Program, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC), Vancouver, BC; Pacific Gateway International College (PGIC), Vancouver, BC; St Giles, Vancouver, BC; Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS; Study Abroad Canada, Charlottetown, PE; Vancouver English Centre, Vancouver, BC.
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