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November 2007 issue

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Agency News
Agency Survey
Feedback
Direction1
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Special Report
Market Report
Course Guide
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Ireland Feedback

Ireland welcomed a good mix of nationalities to its English language schools this year, while personal recommendation, either by a friend or agent, remained the preferred way for students to find their school.

Ireland feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 64, male 36, 100
Average age in years: 24
Average length of programme in weeks: 7.3
Average number of students in class: 9.7
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 18.7
% of students who found their course through an agent: 30
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 43
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 35
% of students who would recommend their school: 89

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (65%)
Asia (29%)
C & E Europe (2%)
Africa (1%)
South America (1%)
Other/Unknown (2%)
1. Spanish 27%
2. Italian 16%
3. Japanese 10%
4. Chinese 9%
5. Korean 7%
6. German 7%
7. Austrian 2%
7. Nepalese 2%
7. Thai 2%

In my class there are... How will you use your English in the future?
Too many students (10%)
Too many students of my language (20%)
Too many students from one other countries (12%)
None of these (56%)
Unknown (2%)
Coll. study in the Ireland (9%)
College study elsewhere (15%)
College study at home (27%)
Current or future work (45)
For pleasure only (3%)
Unknown (1%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of your accommodation
It was recommended by an agent (30%)
It was recommended by a friend/relative (32%)
II found it on the Internet (25%)
I saw it advertised (5%) Unknown (8%)
Excellent (21%)
Good (31%)
Satisfactory (22%)
Poor (10%)
Unsatisfactory (1%)
Unknown (15%)

Standard of your academic programme Standard of the teaching
Excellent (18%)
Good (52%)
Satisfactory (18%)
Poor (4%)
Unknown (8%)
Excellent (48%)
Good (42%)
Satisfactory (8%)
Unknown (2%)

Standard of your social programme? What is your accomodation while in Ireland?
Excellent (..61%)
Good (42%)
Satisfactory (8%)
Unknown (34%)
Host family (52%)
Residential/single room (32%)
Residential/dormitory (3%)
Other(11%)
Unknown (2%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (43%)
No (46%)
Unknown (11%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (77%)
No (19%)
Unknown (4%)
City/town
Yes (55%)
No (40%)
Unknown (5%)
School
Yes (40%)
No (55%)
Unknown (5%)


Student nationality
Despite the fact that Western Europeans made up the bulk of respondents in this issue';s Feedback survey of Ireland, the top 10 nationalities were made up of a healthy mix of students from different world regions of origin. The top two nationalities, Spanish with 27 per cent and Italian with 16 per cent, were unsurprising but other nationalities in the top 10 line up included Chinese, Nepalese and Thai. This was in marked contrast to last year (see Language Travel Magazine November 2005, pages 16-17), when seven of the top 10 nationalities came from European countries. Instead, this year there was a much greater proportion of Asian students – making up 29 per cent of the student body compared with 12 per cent in 2005.

Student motivation
With 74 per cent of students aged 25 years or under and 68 per cent giving their occupation as either a high school, college or university student, it follows that 51 per cent of our respondents currently used English for their studies and a further 51 per cent were going to use their new English skills for their studies either at home or overseas. Interestingly, only nine per cent of students were going on to university or college in Ireland, while 15 per cent were going to study in another English-speaking country. The lengths of stay of our respondents ranged from one to 36 weeks, averaging out at 7.3 weeks.

Student enrolment
The personal recommendation of a friend or agent remained the most significant way for students to find out about their school, according to our survey, while the Internet dropped slightly in popularity from 32 per cent of respondents using it to find their school last year to 25 per cent this year. The proportion of students booking through an agent decreased significantly, from 62 per cent in 2005 to just 43 per cent this year. At 35 per cent, the proportion of students who had been on a language travel trip before was much lower than the 56 per cent recorded last year.

Standard of the schools
Class sizes ranged from two to 16 students, averaging out at just under 10. Ten per cent of students indicated that their classes were too big – all of whom were in classes of between 10 and 15 students – and 20 per cent, most of whom were Spanish, said there were too many students who spoke their own language in their class. However, class size and nationality mix did not seem to affect the students'; satisfaction levels, as there was no correlation between those students who agreed with these statements and those who would not recommend their school. Fifty-two per cent of students were staying with host families, and among this group, 69 per cent said the standard was good or excellent.

Living in Ireland
Living costs in Ireland were relatively high according to the majority of students. This not only included most Asian nationalities but also 56 per cent of Spanish students and 44 per cent of Italians. Only three per cent of students found the cost of living in Ireland to be lower than at home, while 30 per cent found it to be the same. The average cost per week of an English course and accommodation was e298 (US$382).


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Alpha College of English, Dublin; Dargan Language Centre, Bray; DCU Ireland, Dublin; EFL Ireland, Waterford; Emerald Cultural Institute, Dublin; Galway Cultural Institute, Galway; Griffith College, Dublin; International Celtic School of Languages, Shannon; North Mon Language Institute, Cork; Slaney Language Centre, Wexford; University College Cork, Cork.

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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.

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Acpet
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Capls - Canadian
      Association of
       Private Language
       Schools
CLC - Canada
       Language Council
Education New
       Zealand
English Australia
English UK
Fedele / Turlingua
Feltom
Ialc
MEI~Relsa
Perth Education City
Quality English

INSURANCE
Student Guard
       Insurance

STUDENT WEBSITES
language-
       programs.net

TOURIST BOARDS
Fedele / Turlingua
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORK EXPERIENCE/
INTERNSHIPS
Access International
Agaes Spain
Alpha College of
       English
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect
Auckland English
       Academy
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cork English College
Diálogo Language
       Schools
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
Excel English
English Studio
English UK
Eurasia Institute
Eurocentres
       International
Frances King
Global Village
Global Village
inlingua Malta
International House
       Sevilla - Clic
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
King George
       International
       College
Lake School of
       English
Languages
       International
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Linguatime
Linguaviva
       International
Modus Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
Prolog- International
       House Berlin
Rennert Bilingual
Rotorua English
       Language Academy
Shane Global
       Language Centres
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (France)
St Giles Colleges
Swan Training
       Institute
Tellus Group / Work
       Experience UK
University of
       Western Australia
Vancouver English
       Centre
Vanwest College

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
Alphe Agent
       Workshops
English Australia
English UK
Ialc
Icef
MEI~Relsa

AUSTRALIA
Acpet
Edith Cowan
       University
English Australia
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kingston
       International
       College
Language Links
Monash University
       English Language
       Centre
Perth Education City
Perth International
       College of English
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
University of
       Western Australia

BRAZIL
Diálogo Language
       Schools
FAAP

CANADA
Access International
Bodwell College
Carleton University
College of New
       Caledonia
Conestoga College
Ecole de Langues -
       Université Laval
English Bay College
English Language
       Training College
       ELTC
Eurocentres
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Immersion Baie-des-
       Chaleurs
inlingua Vancouver
Interlangues Ecole
       de Languages
International
       Language Institute
       of Canada - ILI
International
       Language Schools
       of Canada
Intrax English
       Institute
King George
       International
       College
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Lethbridge
       Community College
Malaspina University
       College
Mandarin House
Modus Language
       Institute
Montreal
       International
       Language
       Centre
Mount Royal College Omnicom School of
       Languages
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Point 3
Saint Mary's
       University
Stewart College of
       Languages
University of Calgary
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vanwest College
YMCA Greater
       Montreal
       International
       Language School

CHINA
Mandarin House

COSTA RICA
Academia
       Latinoamericana
       de Español
Ilisa - Instituto de
       Idiomas Costa Rica
Wayra - Spanish
       School

ECUADOR
Academia de
       Español Mitad del
       Mundo
Academia de
       Español Quito
Quito S.I. Spanish
       Institute

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France, Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Avalon School of
       English
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 Studio
English UK
Excel English
       Language School
Frances King School
       of English
Ialc
Lake School of
       English
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Languages Out
       There (England,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Spain)
Liverpool School of
       English
London School of
       English
Malvern House
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Shane Global
       Language Centres
       (England, New
       Zealand, South
       Africa)
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
SUL Language
       Schools
Tellus Group
University of Essex -
       ELT Centre
West London
       Business College
Wimbledon School
       of English

FRANCE
Accord
Centre
       Méditerranéen
       d'Etudes
       Françaises
Le Génie des
       Langues
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Eurasia Institute
language-
       programs.net
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Alpha College of
       English
Atlantic Language
       Galway
Cork Language
       Centre International
Dublin City University
       Language
       Services
Dublin School of
       English
Emerald Cultural
       Institute
Galway Cultural
       Institute
High Schools
       International (HSI)
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)
Horner School of
       English
Liffey Linguistics
Linguaviva Centre
MEI~Relsa
Swan Training
       Institute

ITALY
Dilit - International
       House
Linguaviva
       International

MALTA
Britannia College
EC - English
       Language Centres
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
Feltom
inlingua Malta
International School
       of English
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority

MONACO
Home Language
       International
       (Argentina,
       Australia, Austria,
       Brazil, Canada,
       Chile, China, Czech
       Republic, Denmark,
       Egypt, Finland,
       France, Germany,
       Holland, Hungary,
       Ireland, Italy, Japan,
       Malta, NZ, Norway,
       Poland, Portugal,
       Russia, Spain,
       Sweden,
       Switzerland, UK,
       USA, Venezuela)

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

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
Cial - Centro de
       Línguas
Self Escola de
       Línguas

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
       Centres and Activity
       Camps (England,
       Ireland, Scotland,
       Wales)

SOUTH AFRICA
Good Hope Studies
Interlink School of
       Languages

SPAIN
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Enforex Spanish in
       the Spanish World
Esade-Executive
       Language
Fedele / Turlingua
Hispalengua
International House
       Sevilla - Clic

SWITZERLAND
Academia Sprach-
       und Lernzentrum
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, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
Inlingua School of
       Languages
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
Rennert Bilingual
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
Zoni Language
       Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AUSTRALIA
Gosford Christian
       School
Queensland Non-
       Government
       Schools Education
       Co-op
St Paul's
       International School
The Armidale School

ENGLAND
Athena College of
       Professional
       Studies
Queen Ethelburga's
       College

USA
St Timothy's School