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Kaplan Aspect buys out IH-Wels group of five schools

International language school giant, Kaplan Aspect, has bought out another five schools in the UK, USA and Australia, through its purchase of the UK’s IH-Wels Group, which is affiliated to International House and has schools in Bath, Salisbury and Torquay in the UK, San Diego in the USA and Sydney in Australia. The sale completed in January this year.

Carina Wong, Communications Director at Kaplan Aspect, said that the group was a particularly attractive proposition due to their high standard of operations and range of locations as a way to offer agent partners and students the widest possible choice of destinations.

“The locations complement the existing Kaplan portfolio of schools,” she said. “We are delighted to add three of England’s most attractive destinations – Bath, Salisbury and Torquay – to our list as well as the boarding schools and campuses where Wels has been operating its summer schools. We have been very keen to have a second school in Sydney, close to the water. Manly is, of course, the perfect location. Finally, we now have a second well-located San Diego school in the charming Old Town – an interesting alternative to Kaplan Aspect in La Jolla.”

Martin Lemon, Managing Director of the IH-Wels Group, will continue to manage the group of five schools, while principals, teachers, administrators and directors of studies will also all remain the same. Wong added, “In 2009, the courses provided by Wels will be as promised in the current brochures and relationships with agents will remain exactly the same. There will be some realignment in 2010 – as the schools become fully integrated into Kaplan’s English language teaching division – but our goal is to preserve the values and programme integrity that Martin and his team have established over the years, while enabling Wels to benefit from some of the many educational and technological resources Kaplan has developed.”

In the same week, Kaplan Aspect also announced that it had acquired a stake in BrightStar, a group of schools in Vietnam that teaches English and helps students prepare for international studies and overseas placement. The company operates six campuses throughout Vietnam and has 70 full-time employees.

ESL institute to open on Minot State University campus in the USA

Minot State University (MSU) in North Dakota in the USA has joined forces with The Language Company and will offer ESL tuition on campus at the university from the summer.

Libby Claerbout, Director of International Programmes at the university, said, “The Language Company approached MSU because they felt the university, Minot and the surrounding region offers what international students are looking for. We are in a friendly Midwest environment, where Minot has all the amenities of a much larger city but we also have a low cost of living and low crime rate – all perfect for an ESL institute.”

English classes for international students are due to start in the summer with eight-to-10 students but it is hoped that numbers will grow to 50 in the future. The institute will be the 10th location run by The Language Company in the USA.

Taiwan launches certification for host families

The Taiwanese Ministry of Education has launched a certificate and training programme for host families that hopes to recruit 1,000 new families to host international students coming to the country over the next 12 months.

Workshops for host families have been developed in collaboration with the Rotary Club, National Kaohsiung Hospitality College, Kaosiung County’s Chung Shan Industrial and Commercial High School, as well as several other schools around the country, and all applicants are required to have a steady income and be able to communicate with foreign visitors in a foreign language. Families that complete the workshop will be matched up with international students to provide free short-term accommodation.

Vice Minister of Education, Lu Mu-lin, said at a press conference, “Families that host international students will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons while interacting with students from other countries.” The ministry has set up a page on its website that allows potential hosts to apply for the training workshop and become a certified member of the homestay network.

The scheme was introduced in recognition of Taiwan’s growing popularity as a destination for international students to learn Mandarin and local Taiwanese customs.

EF unveils collaboration with Cambridge Esol

Language school chain EF has announced a new initiative with Cambridge Esol that will see the school group promoting Cambridge exams to their students and a new internationally comparable test of English developed for EF students of all levels.

The EF Cambridge English Level Test is currently being developed by the exam group and is designed to provide a way for students at all EF schools worldwide to show their English language level in comparison with current internationally recognised qualifications. EF also intends to establish a network of EF schools as Cambridge exam centres to deliver Cambridge and Bulats exams to students and encourage all its teachers to gain Cambridge Esol professional qualifications for language teachers.

Philip Hult, President of EF, said, “We are delighted to work with Cambridge Esol. Through a close collaboration, we believe that together we can improve the way that students learn English through an exploration of the best tools, techniques and technologies for teaching and testing.”

Korean/US visa programme gets off to slow start

A new visa programme that offers Korean students the chance to spend 18 months in the USA studying English and gaining work experience in a paid internship is to reduce the number of visas available during the first year from 5,000 to 1,300.

The Work English Study and Travel (West) programme was developed after US President George W Bush and Korean President Lee Myung-bak discussed plans to create new bilateral opportunities for US and Korean young people to work and travel in each other’s countries in August last year. The original plan was to allow 5,000 qualifying university students and recent graduates from Korea to enter the USA for a period of 18 months on a J-1 visa from 2009. However, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced at the end of last year that the programme would launch in March 2009 with an initial 300 participants, and a further 1,000 participants are expected to take part the following summer.

Under the scheme, Koreans will spend 450 hours in the classroom where they will receive English language training as well as learn about US corporate culture and general office management issues. After completing their English courses, participants will be able to undertake paid work in professional-level internships for up to 12 months under sponsorship organisations. The visa would also allow participants to spend one month in the USA to travel. In the reciprocal agreement, up to 5,000 US students a year would be allowed to work and travel in Korea for up to 18 months by applying for a working holiday visa.

Newspaper reports in Korea say that the decrease in the number of visas available for Korean applicants in the first year is due to difficulties securing quality internships in the USA due to the current economic crisis. A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the Hankyoreh newspaper, “We are carrying out the project with three firms recommended by the US State Department. Most applicants will be able to work as paid interns.”

did deutsch-institut opens new branch in Hamburg

German language school did deutsch-institut is to open a new branch on a university campus in Hamburg this year. The school will open in June 2009 and share its location with the Euro-Business-College, a private university attracting 400 students studying in a range of different subject fields including economics, politics and tourism.

Patrick Semidei, Managing Director of did deutsch-institut, said that by sharing a building with the university, language students could use the same infrastructure, including “the students’ library, computer rooms, restaurant, café and 200 metre squared roof terrace with a direct view of the lake and the city hall”, and mix with German students.

The new location marks did deutsch-institut’s fourth in Germany and will enable students to study in all four locations on the school’s 4X programme. Semidei said, “With Hamburg we are now covering the different regions in Germany from the north – Hamburg – to the south – Munich – and from the west – Frankfurt – to the east – Berlin. Students can combine any of the four schools to learn German without incurring any extra costs. Instead of, for example, just studying four weeks in Berlin, they can go for two weeks in Berlin followed by two weeks in Hamburg. The minimum stay per school is two weeks. So within just two months, a student can explore the four major cities of the country.”

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Sara's New York Homestay LLC  

Feltom Malta  
International House World Organisation 
Languages Canada / Langues Canada 
Quality English 


Your World on Monday

Malta Tourism Authority

Alphe Conferences  
International House World Organisation  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
Quality English  

Ecela - Latin Immersion  

Ceran Lingua International (Belgium, France, Spain, UK)

Idiomas To Go  

Applied Linguistics Centre Ltd.  
Camber College  
Camosun College  
College de Jonquiere / AQEF  
College Platon  
English School of Canada  
Eurocentres, Vancouver  
Global Village 
(Australia, Canada,
iTTTi Vancouver  
Language Studies Canada  
MacEwan English Language Institute  
Mount Royal College  
National School of  Languages  
Richmond School District #38  
Saint Mary's University  
University of Regina  
University of Toronto  
University of Victoria  
Vancouver English Centre  

Tandem Santiago  

Alltere Education Group  
IH Xi'an  
iMandarin Language Training Institute  
Mandarin House  

Spanish World Institute  

Yanapuma Spanish School  

IH Cairo  

Ardmore Language Schools  
Bell International (Malta, UK)
Bloomsbury International  
Camp Beaumont  
Concorde International Language Home Tuition  
(Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA)
Dudley College of Technology  
English Studio  
International House World Organisation  
Kaplan Aspect  
(Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and Leisure  
(Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, England, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA)
Malvern House College London  
Millfield School  
Regent's College  
St Giles Colleges (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group  
(Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, USA)
Twin Group  (Ireland, UK)
University of Manchester  
Wimbledon School of English  

Alliance Française Paris Ile de France  

International House Berlin - Prolog  

Dilit - International House  
John Cabot University  

Kai Japanese Language School  
Tamagawa International Language School  

Clubclass Residential Language School  
EC English Language Centre (England, Malta, South Africa, USA)
Iels - Institute of English Language Studies  
inlingua Malta  

EAC Language Centres and Activity Camps  (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
University of Edinburgh  
University of Stirling  

EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape Town  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language Training Centre Cape Town  
Interlink School of Languages  
International House Cape Town  
LAL Cape Town  
Shane Global Language Centres - Cape Town  

Esade - Executive Language Centre  
Malaga ¡Si!  
International House San Sebastian - Lacunza  
Malaca Instituto - Club Hispanico SL  

EF Language Colleges Ltd (Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, USA)
Eurocentres International (Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, USA)

ELS Language Centers  
Global Immersions Inc  
inlingua DC  
Johnson & Wales University  
Rennert Bilingual  
University of California Riverside  
University of California San Diego  
University of South Florida  
Zoni Language Centers  (Canada, USA)

CELA (Centro de Lingüistica Aplicada)  



London Metropolitan University  
Queen Ethelburga's College  
University of Essex - International Academy  
Writtle College  

Study Group  

University of Glasgow  

St. Timothy's School