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Canada’s rise


Canada’s language travel industry has experienced mixed fortunes of late, although concerted marketing efforts mean that the future looks bright.
Jane Vernon Smith reports.

The past year has brought mixed fortunes for Canadian language schools. Among those canvassed for this article, numbers were spread fairly evenly across those whose student numbers have increased, those that have experienced a downturn and those for whom numbers have remained stable. On the negative side, Joanne Nicholson at the School of English at Queen’s University in Kingston, ONT, highlights the existence of a growing number of domestic providers of language programmes in many of her school’s major student markets. Added to this is the observation made by Sheila Nunn, Director of Marketing and Business Development at East Coast School of Languages (ECSL) in Halifax, NS, that Canada is still seen by some as being a difficult country for which to obtain a visa.

Mark Herringer at Malaspina University College in Nanaimo, BC, says that they have been hit by “a significant decrease” in the number of enrolments from the college’s largest market, China. This, says Herringer, is partly due to the increasing number of post-secondary institutions that are being established there, and partly a result of greater competition, now that many institutions from all over the world have woken up to China’s potential. On the other hand, at Fanshawe College in London, ONT, Bruce Wilson comments that the largest increase in his school’s student numbers has come from China. “The main reason for this is more active marketing, with the hiring of an Asian recruitment specialist. The other region that is starting to increase is Latin America, for the same reason,” he adds.

Saudi Arabia was the best growth market for the Queen’s University School of English between 2005 and 2006, according to Nicholson, increasing its percentage of total enrolments from five per cent up to nine per cent. Nunn, too, reports a good increase from Saudi Arabia, as well as from Korea, China and Iran. Meanwhile, for Herringer, the Middle Eastern market in general has grown “considerably” over the last year, with Japan also performing well.

Canada’s substantial Korean market appears to have performed consistently over the past year. Sue Burland of the English Language Centre at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, AB, notes that the country is not only their largest source market, but, along with Mexico, also showed the biggest increase in student numbers.

Looking to the year ahead, both Herringer and Nunn anticipate growth among the Middle Eastern markets. Those most tipped for expansion include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and Libya. As Herringer explains, “The Saudi Arabian government is taking on initiatives to help financially support top Saudi students to pursue a post-secondary education in Canada.” Furthermore, as Nicholson adds, many Saudi Arabians need to learn English for business purposes, especially, she notes, in the oil industry. Colombia and Venezuela also show promise for the next year, according to Anthony Stille of the English School of Canada in Toronto, ONT, “as visa approval rates are increasing significantly.”

In terms of programme types, Nicholson highlights a trend towards English studies that are tied to a degree programme. Exam preparation for Toefl continues to be in high demand at Lethbridge College, while at Heartland International English School in Winnipeg, MB, the Focus programme, an eight-week preparation course for the Toiec and Toefl exams, has “soared in popularity”, according to Manager, Keira Bulloch.

Santiago Endara, Marketing Coordinator at Tamwood International in Whistler, BC, points out that some of their niche courses have proved popular with certain nationalities. “Paid [work placements] are extremely popular in Latin America while internships are popular for Europeans. We also offer English plus ski and snowboard, which is very popular in Switzerland and Japan,” he says.


Profile raising

Canadian language schools have long bemoaned the absence of any serious government initiatives to promote the industry. Indeed, many have felt that the national policy on student visas has, by contrast, hampered student recruitment. However, with recent changes to visa policy with regard to students working in the country, and the merger of the two language school associations, CLC and Capls, Anthony Stille from the English School of Canada in Toronto, ONT, believes this could provide the impetus for a future marketing partnership between government and industry.

In the meantime some government-led activity has taken place in the course of the last year. Sheila Nunn at the East Coast School of Languages in Halifax, NS, comments that her school took part in a successful government-led trade mission, while Sue Burland of the English Language Centre at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, AB, reports that the Alberta provincial government recently led a ministerial mission to Beijing. The College has additionally obtained funding for three years from the Alberta Advanced Education project, in order to focus on marketing in Chile.

Meanwhile, initiatives undertaken jointly with other institutions have served ECSL well. It has cooperated with fellow Capls schools and others to undertake group advertisements in both agent magazines and embassy publications. Furthermore, as part of EduNova, an education export alliance in Nova Scotia, her school has benefited from a raised profile. According to Nunn, EduNova has made huge strides in raising awareness of what the province can offer both agents and students, as she explains, “By working together, the educational institutions have been successful on bids for large projects that we could not have tackled individually.”

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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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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)