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October 2007 issue

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Feedback Ireland

This year, English language schools in Ireland welcomed a higher proportion of Latin American students, but agent bookings have slipped in comparison with our previous year’s survey.

Ireland feedback at a glance
Total number of students: female 46, male 53 (unknown 1) 100
Average age in years: 25.4
Average length of programme in weeks: 13.6
Average number of students in class: 8.1
Average number of hours' language tuition per week: 18.4
% of students who found their course through an agent: 35
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser: 37
% of students who had been on another lang. programme: 30
% of students who would recommend their school: 78

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
W Europe (45%)
Asia (26%)
C & E Europe (9%)
Latin America (17%)
Africa (1%)
Unknown (2%)
1. Spanish 19%
2. Brazilian 16%
3. Korean 14%
4. Chinese 9%
4. Swiss 9%
6. Italian 7%
7. Polish 6%
8. Austrian 3%
8. French 3%
8. German 3%

In my class there are... How will you use your Engish in the future?
Too many students (11%)
Too many students of my language (22%)
Too many students from one other countries (15%)
None of these (49%)
Unknown (3%)
Coll. study in Ireland (2%)
Coll. study elsewhere (12%)
College study at home (19%)
Current or future work (64%)
For pleasure only (3%)

How did you find your programme? Standard of the teaching
1. II found it on the Internet (36%)
2. It was recommended by an agent (35%)
3. It was recommended by a friend/relative (24%)
4. I saw it advertised (3%)
Unknown (2%)
Excellent (42%)
Good (35%)
Satisfactory (12%)
Poor (3%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)
Unknown (5%)

Standard of your academic programme What is your accomodation while in Ireland?
Excellent (17%)
Good (39%)
Satisfactory (19%)
Poor (11%)
Unsatisfactory (4%)
Unknown (10%)
Host family (30%)
Residential/single room (32%)
Residential/dormitory (8%)
Other (28%)
Unknownr(2%)

Standard of your social programme? Standard of your accommodation
Excellent (21%)
Good (26%)
Satisfactory (24%)
Poor (14%)
Unsatisfactory (1%)
Unknown (14%)
Excellent (24%)
Good (33%)
Satisfactory (17%)
Poor (8%)
Unsatisfactory (3%)
Unknown (15%)

Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
Yes (37%)
No (53%)
Unknown (10%)

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Country
Yes (62%)
No (29%)
Unknown (9%)
City/town
Yes (44%)
No (48%)
Unknown (9%)
School
Yes (35%)
No (58%)
Unknown (7%)


Student nationality
Ireland is attracting a greater number of Latin American students as evidenced by this issue’s Feedback survey. This year, 17 per cent of students came from Latin America, compared with only one per cent last year (see Language Travel Magazine, November 2006, pages 20-21). This was largely made up of Brazilians, who accounted for 17 per cent of total respondents, propelling them into second place in the table of top nationalities. Western Europe’s share slipped from 65 per cent last year to 45 per cent this year, while Asia dropped slightly from 29 per cent to 26 per cent. Spaniards continue to make up the largest nationality group at the language schools that took part in our survey, accounting for 19 per cent of students, although this was down from 27 per cent last year. In third place were Koreans with 14 per cent, up by seven percentage points on the previous year. Interestingly, Japanese students, who were in second place last year, with 10 per cent, did not feature in the top 10 nationality table this year.

Student motivation
The reason why the majority of students (64 per cent) were learning English was for their current or future work. This was up from 45 per cent last year. Learning English for their studies was slightly less important this year: only 33 per cent of students were learning English for future studies in Ireland, at home or in another English-speaking country, compared with 51 per cent in our previous survey. This is in spite of the fact that 46 per cent of respondents gave their occupation as university student, and the average age was relatively low at just over 25 years. The average length of stay, however, has jumped from 7.3 weeks last year to 13.6 weeks, which may be owing to the fact that Ireland is attracting a greater proportion of students from long-haul destinations.

Student enrolment
While slightly more students this year 35 per cent compared with 30 per cent – first found out about their school through an agent or educational adviser, the actual proportion of students who booked through an agent dropped from 43 per cent to 37 per cent. When we asked students why they had chosen their schools, apart from personal endorsement from a friend, family member or agent, the fact that a school had small classes was one of the decisive factors, followed by the small size of the school and the relatively low cost of tuition.

Standard of the schools
Six per cent of respondents thought there were too many students in their class, all of whom were in classes of seven to 15 students. Among those who said there were too many students of one nationality, this included 56 per cent of our Brazilian respondents and 32 per cent of Spaniards. The standard of the teaching was deemed at least satisfactory by 89 per cent of students with 75 per cent saying the same about the academic programme, and 71 per cent of the standard of their social programmes.

Living in Ireland
This year, 70 per cent of of students found the cost of living to be higher in Ireland than in their home countries. This included 86 per cent of Koreans, 84 per cent of Spaniards and 69 per cent Brazilians. In addition, no students found it very easy to practise their language skills with native speakers, although 36 per cent indicated that they found it quite easy to do so.


Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey:
Alpha College of English, Dublin; Dorset College, Dublin; Emerald Cultural Institute, Dublin; Galway Language Centre, Galway; North Mon Language Institute, Cork; Slaney Language School, 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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Country

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ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS
English Australia
Feltom
Ialc

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORKSHOPS / EXPOS
Alphe Conferences
CEC Network
Ialc

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
Milner International  
       College of English

AUSTRIA
Cultura Wien

CANADA
Canadian
       International
       Student
       Services (CISS)
College of New
       Caledonia
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Hansa Language
       Centre of Toronto
National School of
       Languages
Ottawa International
       Student
       Programmes (OISP)
Pacific Language
       Institute
Richmond School
       District #38
School District #8
       Kootenay Lake
Village English

CHINA
Mandarin House

ENGLAND
Bell International
       (England, Malta)
Bloomsbury
       International
Chelsea School of
       English
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
LAL Language and
       Leisure (England,
       Malta, South Africa,
       USA)
Language in London
Malvern House
       College London
Queen Ethelburga’s
       College
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa, Spain,
       USA)
Wimbledon School
       of English

FRANCE
Alliance Française
       Paris
SILC - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Carl Duisberg
       Medien GmbH
       (England, Germany)
International House
       Berlin - Prolog
Lichtenberg Kolleg
       E.V

IRELAND
Dublin School of
       English
ISI - International
       Study Institute
       Ireland
MEI-Relsa

LATVIA
Durbe Ture

MALTA
EC English
      Language Centres
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Feltom
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
      Authority

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
       Centres
       (England, Ireland,
       Scotland, Wales)
University of
       Glasgow

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)

USA
ALCC - American
       Language
       Communication
       Center
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)

WORK WISE

AUSTRALIA
Australian
       Internships

CANADA
IH Vancouver

ENGLAND
LAF
Tellus Group
Training Partnership
        Ltd. (The)
Twin Group (Ireland,
       UK)