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November 2007 issue

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Agency Survey
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Market Report
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Germany Feedback


Bigger class sizes were commonplace at German language schools this year yet satisfaction rates remained high. Meanwhile, the number of students relying on agents to help find a suitable school has increased.

Germany feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 44, male 23, unknown 9, 76
Average age in years: 21.5
Average length of programme in weeks: 6
Average number of students in class: 8.4
Average number of hours of language tuition per week: 24
% of students who found their course through an agent: 19
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 46
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 53
% of students who would recommend their school: 92

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
C%E Europe 41%
Western Europe 33%
North America 11%
Asia 9%
Latin America
Africa 1%
1. Russian 18%
2. Spanish 11%
3. US 8%
3. Czech 8%
5. Italian 7%
6. British 5%
6. Swiss 5%
8. French 4%
9. Brazilian 3%
9. Ukrainian3%

In my class there are... How will you use your Engish in the future?
Too many students (11%)
Too many students of my language (17%)
Too many students from one other countries (7%)
None of these (62%)
Unknown (3%)
Coll. study in Germany (21%)
Coll. study elsewhere (10%)
College study at home (25%)
Current or future work (36%)
For pleasure only (8%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of the teaching
1. II found it on the Internet (45%)
2. It was recommended by a friend/relative (31%)
3. It was recommended by an agent (19%)
4. I saw it advertised (5%)
Excellent (59%)
Good (36%)
Satisfactory (1%)
Poor (1%)
Unknown (3%)

Standard of your academic programme What is your accomodation while in Germany?
Excellent (28%)
Good (55%)
Satisfactory (13%)
Unknown (4%)
Host family (31%)
Residential/single room (31%)
Residential/dormitory (14%)
Other (22%)
Unknown (2%)

Standard of your social programme? Standard of your accommodation
Excellent (26%)
Good (43%)
Satisfactory (21%)
Poor (3%)
Unknown (7%)
Excellent (32%)
Good (39%)
Satisfactory (16%)
Poor (4%)
Unknown (9%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (46%)
No (46%)
Unknown (8%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (88%)
No (8%)
Unknown (4%)
City/town
Yes (58%)
No (37%)
Unknown (5%)
School
Yes (36%)
No (61%)
Unknown (3%)


Student nationality
A total of 27 different nationalities were represented in this issue’s Feedback survey of Germany, with strong representation from Central, Eastern and Western Europe. Seventy-four per cent of students surveyed hailed from the European region, a massive 25 per cent more than last year (see Language Travel Magazine, October 2006, pages 16-17). Meanwhile, Asian students made up only nine per cent of respondents compared with 24 per cent in 2006. Top nationalities altered slightly this year with Russian students making up the largest group – 18 per cent – compared with 10 per cent in 2006. Spanish students ranked second with 11 per cent, down from 13 per cent last year, and US students remained in third place. Other nationalities – that did not feature in the 2006 survey – found themselves in the top ten, with a new trend marked by Czech, Italian and French students.

Student motivation
The average length of stay for students on German language courses dipped significantly this year to six weeks, compared with 9.5 weeks in 2006. Sixty-six per cent had enrolled on courses lasting six weeks or less, suggesting that students are opting for shorter, more intensive programmes. Learning a language for current or future work purposes remains a motivating factor for students – with 36 per cent giving this as their primary reason for studying German. Meanwhile, students learning German for their studies at home were more numerous – up three percentage points to 25 per cent this year – while the number of respondents who intended to continue their language studies at a university in Germany dropped to 21 per cent.

Student enrolment
Nearly half of students polled this year found their school via the Internet this year – 45 per cent compared with 33 per cent in 2006. Otherwise, 31 per cent of students relied on word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family. Agency recommendation proved less popular, however, achieving just 19 per cent, down from 41 per cent on the 2006 result. But the number of students booking a language course through an agency increased from 37 per cent to 46 per cent. Just over half of students had studied abroad previously, with 58 per cent studying English in an English-speaking country and 24 per cent studying German in Germany.

Standard of the schools
Students viewed their schools highly this year with 92 per cent saying they would recommend their school. But class sizes were bigger – averaging eight students per lesson compared with 5.3 in 2006. Sixty-two per cent were happy with both class size and nationality mix, but 17 per cent of students, mainly Russians, reported that there were too many students who spoke their own language. Teaching standards were also high – 95 per cent of students said their teachers were either excellent or good.

Living in Germany
The language, countryside and locals were students’ favourite aspects of studying in Germany; whereas sport, shopping and nightlife were indicated as the least favourite. The average cost of a one-week course with accommodation was US$573, slightly up on last year’s US$427. However, half of students said living costs were higher than at home; 85 per cent of which were Central or Eastern European.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Anglo-German Institut, Stuttgart; Collegium Platinum Heidelberg, Heidelberg; Humboldt Institut, Argenbuehl; IH Berlin – Prolog, Berlin; Sprachcaffe Language PLUS, Frankfurt; Carl Duisberg Centren, Munich.


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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


AGENTS
Boa Lingua

ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS
Acpet
Capls Canada
CLC Canada
Eaquals
English Australia
International House
      World Organisation
MEI-Relsa
Perth Education City
Quality English

EXPOS / WORKSHOPS
Alphe Conferences

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd
Student Guard
      Insurance

TELECOM SERVICES
Business Telecom
      Systems
GSM International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority

WORK EXPERIENCE
ETCI
Kaplan Aspect
      Opus Programme
Twin Group

ARGENTINA
BASP (Buenos Aires
      Spanish School)

AUSTRALIA
Acpet
English Australia
Milner International
      College of English
      (Australia, England)

BELGIUM
Ceran Lingua
      International
      (Belgium, England,
      France, Ireland,
      Japan, Netherlands,
      Spain)

BRAZIL
Open English

CANADA
Academie
      Linguistique
      Internationale
Bodwell College
Bouchereau
      International
      Language Centre
Capls Canada
CLC Canada
Centre Linguista
      Canada
College of New
      Caledonia
East Coast School of
      Languages (ECSL)
ELS Language
      Centres
English Bay College
English Language
      Training College
      ELTC
English School of
      Canada
Eurocentres,
      Vancouver
Focus International
Global Village
      (Australia, Canada,
      USA)
IH Whistler
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
      of Canada
ILSC
Intrax English
      Institute
ITTTI
Language Studies
      Canada
Lethbridge College
National School of
      Languages
Omnicom School of
      Languages
PLI - Pacific
      Language Institute
Quest Language
      Studies
Saint Mary’s
      University
Stewart College of
      Languages
Tamwood
      International College
University Canada
      West
University of Calgary
Vancouver
      Community
      College International
      Education
Vancouver English
      Centre
Vanwest College
YMCA Greater
      Montreal
      International
      Language School
Zoni Language
      Centers
      (Canada, USA)

CHILE
Escuela de Idiomas
      Violeta Parra-
      Tandem Santiago

CHINA
Mandarin House

COSTA RICA
Academia Centro-
      americana de
      Español
Academia Latino-
      americana de
      Español
Centro
      Panamericano
      de Idiomas (CPI)
Wayra Spanish
      School

ECUADOR
Quito S.I. Spanish
      Institute

ENGLAND
Bell International -
      Camp Beaumont
Eaquals
Exsportise
ILS English Ltd
International House
      World Organisation
Kaplan Aspect
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and
      Leisure
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Language in London
Liverpool
      International
      Language Academy
Malvern House
      College London
Oxford Intensive
      School of English
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga’s
      College
Saint George
      International
St Giles Colleges
      (Canada, UK, USA)
St Mary’s Hall
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)
Twin Group
University of Essex -
      International
      Academy

FRANCE
Cipel
France Langue
Institut de Touraine
Institut International
      de Rambouillet
Langues Sans
      Frontieres
SILC - Séjours
      Linguistiques
      (England, France,
      Spain)

GERMANY
BWS Germanlingua
Carl Duisberg
      Centren
      (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin
International House
      Berlin - Prolog

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English
Centre of English
      Studies
      (England, Ireland)
Dublin City University
      Language Services
EFL-Ireland
Galway Cultural
      Institute
ISI- International
      Study Institute
      Ireland
Liffey Linguistics
MEI-Relsa
Swan Training
      Institute

ITALY
ALCE
Dilit -
      International House

LATVIA
Durbe Ture

MALTA
EC - English
      Language Centres
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
English Language
      Academy
Malta Tourism
      Authority
NSTS

MEXICO
Acalli Intensive
     Spanish Program
International House -
      Riviera Maya

NEW ZEALAND
Christchurch College
      of English Language
Wellington High
      School

PERU
Acupari
Rocio Language
     Classes

RUSSIA
Derzhavin Institute

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

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town School of
      English
Language Teaching
      Centre

SPAIN
Escuela de Español
      la Brisa S.L.
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispánico SL
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
Boa Lingua
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
ALCC - American
      Language
      Communication
      Center
Kaplan Aspect
      Educational Centers
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
Saint Timothy’s
      School
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California
      Santa Barbara
University of
      California Santa Cruz
University of Illinois
      at Urbana-
      Champaign
Zoni Language
      Centers
      (Canada, USA)

WALES
Cardiff Language
      School Ltd
      (CELTIC School)