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Ireland Feedback

Students taking part in this month’s survey were largely satisfied with their experience, with 96 per cent saying they would recommend their school to others. Meanwhile, the Asian contingent has dropped further.

Ireland feedback at a glance

Total number of students: (female 42, male 38) 80
Average age in years:
Average length of programme in weeks:
Average number of students in class:
Average number of hours of language tuition per week:
% of students who found out about their course through an agent:
% of students who booked through an agent or adviser:
% of students who had been on another language programme:
% of students who would recommend their school:

Respondents by world region of origin Top nationalities
1. W Europe 78%
2. Asia 10%
3. Latin America 6%
4. C & E Europe 4%
No reply 1%
1. Spanish 37%
2. French 15%
3. Italian 14%
4. Brazilian 6%
4. Swiss 6%
6. Austrian 3%
6. German 3%
6. Japanese 3%
6. South Korean 3%

In my class there are... How easy is it to practise your language skills with native speakers?
1. The right number of students (54%)
2. Too many students (17%)
3. Too many students who speak my language 16%
2. Too many students from one other country 10%
Unknown 3%
1. Quite easy (51%)
2. Quite hard (29%)
3. Very easy (18%)
4. Very hard (2%)

How did you find your programme? Did you book your course through an agent or an educational adviser?
1. Recommended by a friend/relative (33%)
2. Recommended by an agent (31%)
2. I found it on the Internet 31%
4. I saw it advertised 2%
No reply 3%
Yes (53%)
No (41%)
Unknown (6%)

Student reasons for school selection included:
“It was cheaper than Edinburgh and had a good social programme”
“Because they admitted children and adults”
“Not many students in the class, small school”
“I chose this school for its academic programme and the number of English courses”
“Prices, timetable, location, booking facilities”
“Because it was in a part of Ireland I hadn’t visited before and was recommended by my agent”

Before looking for your course, did you know where you wanted to study?
Yes (78%)
No (19%)
Unknown (3%)
Yes (59%)
No (38%)
Unknown (3%)
Yes (28%)
No (71%)
Unknown (1%)

Student nationality
The number of Asian students studying English in Ireland slumped for a third successive year, down from 20 per cent in 2008 to just 10 per cent this year (see LTM, November 2008, pages 24-25). Korean students were relegated to fifth position (down 10 percentage points to three per cent) while Chinese students slipped out of the running entirely. The Japanese contingent also suffered, dropping one percentage point to just three per cent. Overall, 78 per cent of all student respondents hailed from Western Europe with Spain (37 per cent), France (15 per cent) and Italy (14 per cent) nabbing the top three spots. Switzerland (six per cent), Germany (three per cent) and Austria (three per cent) were also well represented. The nationality spread was Euro-centric and not as diverse. In 2008 there were 21 different nationalities represented, compared with just 17 this year.

Student motivation
A greater proportion of students (42 per cent) fell into the 19-to-24 year old age bracket and nearly half of all feedback respondents (49 per cent) claimed that they currently used English in their studies. Meanwhile, 32 per cent said that they currently utilised English in the workplace, down slightly on the 40 per cent recorded previously. Respondents were much more academically focused this year, with 16 per cent indicating that they would use their language skills at university in another English-speaking country. A further 20 per cent said that they were motivated to use it for university or college study in their home country. Learning a language for future or current work purposes is still the main driving force, however, indicated by 44 per cent of the sample.

Student enrolment
Agent usage remained high in this year’s Feedback survey, although not quite as high as previously. Thirty-one per cent claimed that they had sourced their school or language course via an agency and in fact 53 per cent booked a language programme through an agency, down on the 69 per cent recorded last year. The advice of family and friends remained important too, with 33 per cent relying on this means of recommendation. Meanwhile, the Internet picked up in terms of popularity with 31 per cent of respondents utilising the web, up from 23 per cent in 2008.

Standard of the schools
Class sizes ranged from three to 14 students per class, averaging out at 10 per lesson. Despite a relatively low average, 17 per cent thought that there were too many students present and a further 16 per cent said that there were too many students that spoke their own language, a majority of whom were Spanish (86 per cent). Satisfaction levels remained high, however, with 96 per cent prepared to recommend their school to others. Respondents were impressed by both the academic programming at their school (81 per cent deemed it either excellent or good) and the standard of teaching (91 per cent rated this either excellent or good).

Living in Ireland
The average cost of a one-week English course in Ireland (including accommodation) was e377 (US$532), yet despite the preponderance of Europeans used to the euro, 75 per cent thought the cost of living was higher than in their home country; Spanish students were most likely to share this opinion (42 per cent).

Thank you to the following schools for participating in our survey: Aisling Ireland, Dublin; Alpha College, Dublin; Atlantic Language, Galway; Bridge Mill Galway Language Centre, Galway; Centre of English Studies, Dublin; Cork English College, Cork; Delfin English School, Dublin; Mackdonald Language Academy, Kilkenny; Portobello Institute, Dublin; Slaney Language Centre, Wexford; Waterford Language Centre, Waterford.

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