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May 2006 issue

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Spain feedback

Some of the trends noted in last year's Feedback survey of Spain have continued, with many students studying Spanish for pleasure.

Spain feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 74, male 106 (unknown 11) 291

Average age in years: 27

Average length of programme in weeks: 11

Average number of students per class: 7

Average number of hours of lang. tuition per week: 20

% of students who found their course through an agent: 25

% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 40

% of students who had been on another language programme: 43

% of students who would recommend their school: 92


Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (80%)
Asia (4%)
C & E Europe (2%)
North America (8%)
Australasia (1%)
South America (3%)
Other (2%)
1. Dutch (18%)
2. German (16%)
3. British (12%)
4. Italian (10%)
5. US (7%)
6. French (6%)
7. Swiss (5%)
8. Brazilian (3%)
8. Japanese (4%)

In my class there are... How will you use your Spanish in the future?
Too many students (8%)
Too many students who speak my language (16%)
Too many students from one other countries (9%)
None of these (67%)
Unknown (3%)
University study in Spain (4%)
University study elsewhere (2%)
Uni. study at home (24%)
Current or fututre work (33%)
For pleasure only (37%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of the teaching
II found it on the Internet (44%)
It was recommended by an agent (25%)
It was recommended by a friend/relative (21%)
I saw it advertised (10%)
Excellent (59%)
Good (36%)
Satisfactory (3%)
Np reply (2%)

Standard of your academic programme Standard of your accommodation
Excellent (29%)
Good (57%)
Satisfactory (11%)
Poor (0.5%)
Unknown (2.5%)
Excellent (17%)
Good (36%)
Satisfactory (24%)
Poor (3%)
Unsatisfactory (9%)
Unknown (11%)

Standard of your social programme? What is your accomodation while in Spain?
Excellent (17%)
Good (36%)
Satisfactory (24%)
Poor (3%)
Unsatisfactory (9%)
Unknown (11%)
Host family (30%)
Residential/single room (25%)
Residential/dormitory (22%)
Other / unknown (23%)

How easy is it to practise Spanish with native speakers?
Modes of travel to Spain
Very easy (10%)
Quite easy (49%)
Quite hard (33%)
Very hard (5%)
No reply (3%)
Low-cost carrier (42%)
Ordinary air carrier (46%)
Coach (3%)
Car (4%)
Boat (1%)
Train (2%)
No reply (2%)


Student profile
If one market has benefited from the growth of low-cost airlines, it must be Spain. This year in our Feedback survey of students studying in the country, 42 per cent of the 291 students canvassed indicated that they had flown to Spain using a low-cost airline, and 37 per cent – the highest proportion – indicated that they were studying the language for pleasure – although many students gave two reasons for their language travel trip. The average age of students was 27, just up from last year's figure of 26.3 (see Language Travel Magazine, May 2005, page 16), although 46 per cent of clients were aged between 20 and 25 years old.

Student nationality
The Dutch continue to be an important nationality for Spanish language schools, although it should be noted that two-thirds of all the Dutch students were studying at one language school. This year, they were in number-one position, followed by Germans, who were in third place behind (second placed) Dutch last year. Last year's top nationality of Swedish was low down the list this year, with British, Italian and American taking third, fourth and fifth place respectively behind the Dutch and Germans. Western Europeans represented a whopping 80 per cent of total student enrolments while Eastern Europeans, who last year accounted for 11 per cent of enrolments, made up just two per cent this year.

Student enrolment
The proportion of students using an agent to either book their course or find their course was very similar, year on year, to our previous survey. Twenty-five per cent of students found their course via an agency (24 per cent last year) and 40 per cent booked with an agency (44 per cent previously). It is heartening to see that more students are using an agency to book than to find their course, rather than the other way around. When asked further questions about why they chose their school, reasons given included "it was easy to book on the Internet" and "it was the first one I found on the web"! Other reasons were "not too expensive" and "my university chose it".

Standard of the schools
Class sizes ranged from one student to 23, although almost all students were in classes of 11 or less. A majority of 67 per cent of students were satisfied with class conditions, although 16 per cent (a majority of whom were German) felt there were too many students of their own nationality in their classes. As last year, the Spanish teachers got an overwhelming thumbs-up from students, with 95 per cent of students deeming them either excellent or good. However, both accommodation provision and the social programme were rated lower by students this year than last year –12 per cent said their accommodation was unsatisfactory or poor. Overall, 92 per cent of students said that they would recommend their school (and three per cent did not reply).

Living in Spain
Just over half of our canvass group, 54 per cent, found the cost of living in Spain to be lower than in their home countries and 34 per cent thought it was about the same. When asked what they liked about studying in Spain, students voted the people in second position after the language, followed by the culture and the nightlife.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Embassy CES, Cambridge; Embassy CES, Oxford; Eurolang, Scarborough; European Centre of English Languages, Brighton; Gloscat, Cheltenham; Hampstead School of English, London; Lake School of English, Oxford; Language Studies International, Brighton; Live Language, Glasgow; Regent, Margate; Regent, Oxford; St Giles International, Brighton; St Giles International, London; Sidmouth International School, Sidmouth; University of Edinburgh IALS, Edinburgh; The English Studio, London; University of Glasgow EFL unit, Glasgow; Wimbledon School of English, London.

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

Name

Company
Country
Telephone

Email


ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Eltasa
Education New
       Zealand Trust
English Australia
English UK
Quality English

EXPOS/WORKSHOPS
CEC Network
International
      Languages and
      Education UK Fair
LTM Star Awards
      event

SERVICES
GSM International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority

AUSTRALIA
English Australia

CANADA
Access International
      English Language
      Centre
Archer Education
      Group
CEC Network
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto
Pacific Language
      Institute

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
      of English
Aspect (Australia,
      Canada, England,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Scotland, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
Beet Language
      Centre
Bell International
      (Malta, UK)
Cambridge
      Academy
      of English
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
      International
Eastbourne School
      of English
Eckersley School of
      English
English Language
      Centre, Brighton &
      Hove
English UK
ETCA
Excel English
      Language School
Frances King School
      of English
LAF
Lake School of
      English
London School of
      English
Malvern House
LAL Language and
      Leisure (England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
Langbourne College
Oxford Intensive
      School of English
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
      College
Regency College
St Giles Colleges
      (UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Wimbledon School
      of English
Work Experience UK

FRANCE
Accent Français
CAVILAM

GERMANY
Prolog- International
      House Berlin

IRELAND
Cork English College
Cork Language
      Centre International
Linguaviva Centre

MALTA
EC - English
      Language Centres
      (England, Malta)
English Language
      Academy
Lingua Time
Malta Tourism
      Authority
NSTS

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
      Academy
Education New
      Zealand Trust
Languages
      International
Rotorua English
      Language Academy

POLAND
York School

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
      Language Centre

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies -
      Pacific Gateway
      Study Group
Eurocentres Cape
      Town
Geos Cape Town
      Language Centre
Good Hope Studies
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town
Interlink School of
      Languages
International House -
      Durban
Jeffrey's Bay
      Language Centre
LAL Cape Town
LAL Durban
Shane Global
      Language Centres -
      Cape Town

SPAIN
Colegio de Español
      La Janda -
      International House
Escuela de Español
      la Brisa S.L.
Escuela de Idiomas
      Nerja
Escuela Internacional
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC
Kingsbrook -
      Spanish for
      Foreigners
Kings College
      International
      (England, Spain)
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispánico SL
OLE - Español en
      Andalucia
Tandem Escuela
      Internacional Madrid

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

USA
American Language
      Communication
      Center
Kaplan Educational
      Centers (Canada,
      England, USA)
University of
      California Riverside
Zoni Language
      Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

CANADA
Lethbridge
      Community College

ENGLAND
Bell International
Queen Ethelburga's
      College

USA
Oak International