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June 2008 issue

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NZ expectant

The New Zealand ELT industry is unified and expectant of immigration reform however student numbers remain steady. Amy Baker reports.

There is cause for optimism in New Zealand, although many providers report static student numbers last year or a slight increase at best. Previous political schisms in the industry no longer exist and there are macro-initiatives in place designed to boost the appeal of New Zealand as a study destination.

Rob McKay, Chairperson of English New Zealand, relates that if immigration changes occur, it is reasonable to think that the outlook is “extremely good for those committed to quality”. He states that aside from currency fluctuations that are beyond the industry’s control, “the other most important issue is the need for competitive immigration settings and this is something that can be fixed – we are making some headway in this crucial area”.

Previous immigration reform has failed to ignite the English language teaching market. Work rights for those students who gain Ielts level 5 were amended last year so that students could reach that level once in the country. However, English language providers report no change to business because of this. Darren Conway at Languages International in Auckland says that the rule was being applied anyway in some circumstances. “The change was just a formalisation of policy dressed up to look like a significant concession,” he states.

Easier visa rules for more countries seem to be what the industry needs as well as more widely available work rights. Stuart Boag at Education New Zealand (EdNZ) acknowledges that when immigration policy is cumbersome, the result is “a major bottleneck and constraint” in terms of incoming students.

Nevertheless, New Zealand as a study destination clearly appeals to a fairly diverse range of nationalities, with Saudi Arabian students, Brazilians and Swiss all big student nationalities after the top four spots taken by Japanese, Korean, Chinese (number-one in 2004) and Taiwanese. However, compared with other destinations, the range of student provider countries is more limited, with the top nine provider countries accounting for 80 per cent of all students in New Zealand.

Reflecting the most typical enrolment patterns across language schools in the country, Barry Bolton at International English Institute in Christchurch points to Japan, Taiwan and Korea as his most important student markets and says there has been no change to this formula for the past four years. Chinese students have dwindled across the country since 2003’s peak for a variety of reasons including competition elsewhere and onward study opportunites.

Two providers point to a slight dip in business from Japan while Cleve Brown at Worldwide School of English also notes that Korean enrolments waver depending on the comparative currency rate with the Australian dollar. Other providers point to Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia and Switzerland as of particular importance to them.

To maintain and build bookings, most schools point to the importance of agencies in the recruitment chain. “Agents continue to be about 85 per cent of all referrals to WWSE. I don’t see that changing in the near future at all,” says Brown. Conway adds, “The reality is that as the most geographically isolated of all major English language destinations, we will always depend heavily on agents to channel students towards us.”

Among other ongoing initiatives (see box), Boag explains that under the auspices of EdNZ, which represents all education export sectors, a research project is being carried out into immigration policy benchmarking. “This is part of our ongoing advocacy around entry barriers,” he explains.

And McKay explains that previous antagonisms between EdNZ and English New Zealand have subsided, meaning common interest to achieve united goals. Problems were caused by the government’s decision to enlist EdNZ as recipient and distributor of an education export levy (tax) when the market was “suffering stress”. Now, there has been a unanimous membership decision to engage positively with EdNZ, says McKay. “We can add real value to EdNZ and work towards a win/win outcome for everyone.”


Study pathways

Education New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand released a joint study into pathways taken by international students through New Zea-
land’s education system this year.

The study focused on analysis of 95,000 students who began their studies in the country between 1999/2000 and 2001/2002 and revealed that over half (52 per cent) studied English language at some point, making it the most common study sector overall.

Chinese students were the most likely to study in multiple sectors, such as English language and then university. Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of students went to the country for one type of education only, 35 per cent of whom went for English language training.

In further analysis of a smaller sample of students (47,000), 27 per cent of students were revealed to stay on in New Zealand to work or reside. Those students who had studied in the English language sector and then at university were the most likely to do so and the most typical nationalities staying on in the country were Chinese and Korean.

Meanwhile, a global benchmarking study into student attitudes is being funded by EdNZ and coordinated by English New Zealand, the ELT sector body. “This is potentially a very powerful tool for [the sector] in terms of its ability to understand the student experience in New Zealand compared with that in other countries,” says Stuart Boag at EdNZ.

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ASSOCIATIONS /
GROUPS
English Australia  
Feltom Malta  
Quality English Ltd.  

SERVICES
Your World on
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TOURIST BOARDS
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      Authority  

WORKSHOPS / EXPOS
CEC Network  

AUSTRALIA
Bond University  
Griffith University  
La Trobe University  
Language Studies
      International  
Meridian
      International School
Queensland
      University of
      Technology  
Universal English
      College (Global
      Village Sydney)  

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International
      (Belgium, France,
      Spain, UK)

CANADA
Centre Linguista
      Canada  
Four Corners
      Language Institute  
IH Vancouver  
King George
      International College
Richmond School
      District #38  

CHINA
Beijing International
      Education Institute.
Shanghai Jingan
      Neworld Training
      Center  

ENGLAND
Bell International
      (Malta, UK)
IP International
      Projects GmbH  
      (England, France,
      Germany, Spain)
Kaplan Aspect  
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language
      and Leisure  
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Malvern House
      College London  
Oxford Intensive
      School of English 
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Prime Education
Queen Ethelburga's
      College  
Scanbrit School of
      English  
Study Group  
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)

FRANCE
Alliance Française
      Bordeaux  
Alliance Française
      Grenoble  
Alliance Française
      Lyon  
Alliance Française
      Marseille-Provence  
Alliance Française
      de Montpellier  
Alliance Française
      Nice  
Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Alliance Française
      Rouen-Normandie  
Alliance Française
      de Strasbourg-
      Europe
Alliance Française
      Toulouse
      Midi-Pyrénées  
Alliance Française
      du Val de Loire
      (Vendome)  
Silc - Séjours
      Linguistiques
      (France, Spain, UK)
Université de
      Paris Sorbonne  

GERMANY
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  
Lichtenberg
      Kolleg E.V.  

INDIA
Prime Speech
      Power Language
      School  

IRELAND
Swan Training
      Institute  

MALTA
Clubclass
      Residential
      Language School  
International School
      of Languages  
Linguatime  

SINGAPORE
Australian
      International
      School  

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies  

SPAIN
Escuela
      Mediterráneo  
Idiomas Sí!  

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      
Colleges Ltd 
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Italy, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Russia, Spain,
      UK, USA)

USA
ALCC - American
      Language
      Communication
      Center  
ELS Educational
      Services  
University of
      California San Diego
Zoni Language
      Centers  
      (Canada, USA)

WORK WISE

ENGLAND
International
      House Newcastle  
Kaplan Aspect
      Internships  
Professionals UK  
Twin Group  
      (Ireland, UK)

SPAIN
International House
      Sevilla - Clic