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Argentina's boom

The Spanish as a Foreign Language market is growing quickly in Argentina, gaining the attention of the government's Department of Tourism.
Jason Mitchell reports from Buenos Aires.

Innovation appears to be the name of the game for UK language schools this year as many schools report that they have recently introduced or updated new programmes in order to increase their appeal to students. "In 2006, Anglo Continental has not only developed new English courses for professionals in the world of aviation but has undergone major refurbishment of 40 of its 70 classrooms, built an entire new executive centre and a sun terrace in its gardens," says Guido Schillig from Anglo-Continental in Bournemouth, which has seen "double digit growth" in student enrolments at the school in the last 12 months.

Jackie Gresham from the English Language Centre at the University of Sheffield reports an increase in student numbers on both their academic preparation and general English summer programmes and explains, "We have added a work experience course and hope to expand this [in the future]."

With the UK being an expensive language learning destination for international students, schools in the country are aware that they have to stay abreast of the latest industry trends in order to remain competitive the global marketplace. One particular trend that UK schools are picking up on is the growing demand for courses that combine language tuition with work experience or paid work programmes and schools that have already introduced such programmes report that they have seen a positive effect on enrolments. "Work placement courses are attracting more Eastern European students from Moldova, Romania and Russia," confirms Helen Murphy from Regency College in Hove, while Kieley Robinson from Totnes European School in Devon adds, "Our main selling point is that we offer work experience courses."

Academic courses are also proving popular with students. At EC English, student enrolments have increased steadily across all centres in London, Cambridge, and Brighton, says Emma English at the school. "An increasing proportion of students are booking more long-term courses such as exam preparation and academic year," she says. "Students are also attracted by our multi-destination programme where they can experience a semester in London, Cambridge, Brighton and our centre in Malta."

With such determined efforts to remain competitive, business was good for UK language schools last year, despite the fact that visas continue to be a problem for some nationalities. Brian Brownlee from Anglo European School of English in Bournemouth cites "continuing problems with UK visas" as having the biggest impact on international enrolments over the past year. "China is bad but Ukraine is also a big problem with visas being refused for totally spurious reasons," he relates. "The visa situation in China has more or less ruined the market there for language training."

Many in the industry hope that government plans to overhaul the UK';s student visa system by April 2009 will have a beneficial effect on their business (see page 6). While almost everyone in the industry has welcomed plans to simplify the visa process, debate is ongoing over the details of compulsory accreditation that will be required of all schools accepting student visa holders (see left).

However, it is expected that the changes will ultimately benefit the industry as a whole as well as open up previously closed student markets. "Anglo-Continental is very much looking forward to the introduction of the Point-Based System (PBS), which is now known as the Points, Identification and Documentation (PID)," says Schillig in Bournemouth. "This will, for example, finally allow Chinese students to come to the UK to learn English."

Another development likely to have a positive effect on enrolments at UK language schools is plans to further increase the number of countries within the European Union, with Turkey and Bulgaria joining the trading bloc in 2007. Some schools have already been reaping the benefits, as McEwan explains. "With the proposed EU expansion we are welcoming new partners and therefore increased student weeks from Turkey," she relates.


Accreditation debate

At present, three different bodies, Accreditation UK, ABLS and the British Accreditation Council (BAC), are recognised by the UK government as legitimiate accreditation authorities. Succesful accreditation from any of these three groups guarantees inclusion on the DfES register; otherwise an inspection of legal status by the DfES is also enough to ensure inclusion on the register.

Student visas (for long-term or non-EU study requests) are only issued to those institutions on the register, but Guido Schillig from Anglo-Continental in Bournemouth points out that the current system has not been effective at getting rid of those operators with dubious business practices, such as registering more students than there is space for and turning a blind eye to no-shows.

Clive Barrow from Beet Language Centre in Bournemouth is unequivocal in his view. "The DfES Registration Scheme is a farce," he states. "Proper accreditation of all teaching operations in the UK is vital." Barrow advocates one accreditation scheme for all: "A level playing field, transparent quality control, independently administered, one accrediting body".

However, other schools stress that one-scheme-fits-all is not in their best interests. Kieley Robinson from Totnes European School in Devon, accredited by ABLS, speaks for small schools: "Although we are bona fide language schools and offering a good service, we are unable to meet the [criteria] of the British Council [co-managers of Accreditation UK]."

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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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Company
Country

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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