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OISE's second buyout in Canada

UK-based language school group, OISE, has continued on its acquisition trail with the purchase of a Canadian school group, Centre Linguista, owned by Director, Paul Keefe, and his wife, Birgitte Scheel, and in operation since 1979.
Centre Linguista has three teaching centres in Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto, offering English language training and also French language training in Montréal. Till Gins, whose father is French, told Language Travel Magazine that he was pleased with the latest acquisition as it meant the company was reasserting its reputation as a company teaching more just English; French as a foreign language is also offered by the OISE school in Paris, while Spanish and German schools are also in the group.

"A large part of the school [business] in Montréal is teaching French," said Gins. "It';s really nice to be in the school and have one classroom teaching French and another teaching English."

The takeover of the Centre Linguista schools complements the recent purchase of a school in Vancouver – Hawthorn Vancouver, now trading under its original name, Canada Language Centre (see Language Travel Magazine, September 2006, page 6). Gins said that it was likely that all four schools would operate under a CLC brand – Centre Linguista Canada joining the school in Vancouver to be marketed as a small Canadian group.

OISE is renowned for buying older, well established language schools and continuing to operate them under their existing brand. This is in addition to 10 OISE-named schools.

Gins said the latest purchase, which sees Keefe stay on in his position as director, meant the company was in a strong position to build its Canadian business further. "This [latest acquisition] really consolidates our determination to be active in specific markets and languages," he said. "Until now, we';ve been really strong in the UK and for the first time, this consolidates the group in another country. We now have a strong and much more professional infrastructure."

Keefe, who is selling his business in order to retire, added that Gins'; French background "was an added plus" when he was looking for an international partner. "We are an important supplier of French language training to international students, corporate and government clients in Canada," he said. "I was also impressed with OISE';s history. They have a great track record in successfully growing through acquisition."

The OISE Group started in Oxford, the first school name originally being Oxford Intensive School of English.


NZ Minister gives industry new agenda

Education New Zealand held its annual conference in August in Auckland, and the event was addressed by the Tertiary Education Minister, Michael Cullen, who outlined a new agenda for international education in the country.

Despite the English language sector having performed badly in the last few years, and an overall decline in international student intake, Cullen noted that overall, the sector contributed an estimated NZ$2 billion (US$1.3 billion) a year in revenue – a figure he would like to see increased to NZ$2.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) within five years. "We live in a world that is hungry for education," he told delegates at the conference. "I firmly believe that New Zealand can meet some of that demand and establish itself as a premier provider in a number of high value niches."

He said a new agenda was needed, however, to counteract the recent decline in numbers (see Education Travel Magazine, page 64). Ministerial missions to north Asia and northern Europe next year were also outlined and Cullen said the idea of expanding current scholarship schemes would also be investigated.

To achieve his agenda, Cullen called for a better international understanding, specifically of Asia, to be fostered through national curriculums and the teaching of second languages to be strengthened (see story, left). He noted that attention to the pastoral care for international students code of practice – which is being evaluated currently – was imperative and that government would coordinate with the sector to ensure this happens.

Generic marketing work is undertaken by Education New Zealand; which is on frosty terms with elements of the English language teaching sector, because of a perceived focus primarily on tertiary providers of international education. There has also been anger in the ELT industry since the introduction of the education export levy (see Language Travel Magazine, July 2004, page 6), which taxes all schools and uses the funds for generic purposes.



Acpet's conference has government focus

The annual conference organised by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (Acpet) went down very well with over 400 delegates this year, according to the association';s International Policy and Marketing Officer, Ruth Rosen. Government representatives from across the political divide attended the conference held in Cairns in August that aimed to give a political and international context to the work of private education providers.
Senior federal and state officials were an integral part of the conference, both on the domestic and international issues, particularly those associated with future quality and compliance requirements for education and training," said Rosen. Legislation for international providers is being redrafted via the Education Services for Overseas Students (Esos) Act.

International speakers attended the conference from the USA, South Africa, China, New Zealand and Fiji. "Their interest in and discussions with the Australian private education sector are a testament to the growing acknowledgement that we are an important player on the global map," said Rosen.


Fiyto and ISTC form united group
The Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (Fiyto) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) have jointly operated the annual trade show and conference, WYSTC, since 1992. Taking their collaboration one logical step

closer, the two organisations have now merged to form one mighty acronym – the World Youth Student and Education Travel Confederation (WYSETC).

David Jones, previously Director General of ISTC, assumes the role of Director General of the group. He said, "The confederation has a unique opportunity to build the combined experience and leadership positions of Fiyto and ISTC into a global force that can provide representation and product innovation that meets the increasingly diverse and demanding ambitions of today';s young travellers."

There are a number of sector associations that now fit under the group';s umbrella, such as the Association of Language Travel Organisations (Alto). Another new group joins the special interest associations this year, for youth accommodation providers. An eight-person executive committee and Chairperson for WYSETC was due to be elected in October during WYSTC at the time of going to press.


New Zealand pushes language learning

Following in the footsteps of many other countries, New Zealand';s Education Minister, Steve Maharey, is putting language learning on the agenda. However, he is not recommending compulsory language learning, but introduced a requirement for high schools in the country to make language learning classes available to pupils in years seven to 10.

His draft curriculum is expected to be adopted from September 2007. Maharey said, "The curriculum sets out the core values that go with our education system. Education is one of the main ways that people learn to be part of our society. It is therefore important that we are clear about the values we want to see in our schools and throughout our society."


Canada in bid to attract French speakers

The Canadian government has launched a plan to attract more Francophone settlers, particularly students and economic class migrants. Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, together with Minister Josée Verner, responsible for Francophone Minority Communities, unveiled the strategic plan in September.

It specifies the outcomes hoped for in regard to recruiting more students, including that 2,000 more foreign students a year are recruited to French language post-secondary institutions outside Quebec. This should be achieved by increasing foreign recruitment capacities; offering additional training for foreign students at institutions; supporting the social integration of foreign students; supporting foreign students in improving their dual language skills; and supporting the economic integration of students in their field of study after their graduation.

In 2001, 3.1 per cent of immigrants to Canada were French-speaking and the aim is to increase this figure to 4.4 per cent to improve Canada';s "linguistic duality", said Verner.


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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