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Contents - October 2011


Special Report
World of work
Given the competitive global job market, work experience and internships overseas have never been so important to prospective students looking to enhance their employability or those seeking a career change. But, although this is a growth sector of the market, regulations in some countries are severely restricting its development. Gillian Evans reports.


Direction
Accrediting schools
The accreditation of the language teaching industry is a hot topic at the moment with many governments linking accreditation with visa issuance as a means of preventing illegal immigration. Jane Vernon Smith reports.



Destination
Germany’s varied landscape
Located in the heart of Europe, Germany has much to offer language travel students. From unique annual festivals to hip modern cities, those from overseas will be hard pressed not to enjoy the rich flavours of the country. Bethan Norris reports.




Pooling resources

This month’s issue is full of examples of new industry alliances that have been formed, from schools working alongside fellow schools (the teaching staff of various schools convened for an inaugural teacher training day to share ideas and best practice – see page 8), study abroad advisors working in collaboration with school partners (two Australian schools joined forces to offer a dual language programme following a suggestion made by a mutual agent partner – see business focus) and language school associations, rivals by all intents and purposes, working together to be more effective in their future marketing and governmental initiatives (see direction). While some would argue competition is healthy, working with one another – pooling resources and working together towards a common goal – as opposed to against one another can be hugely beneficial. Long may this sense of synergy and togetherness continue, I say.

This month, we also pick apart the new accreditation measures – or planned measures – implemented in various language teaching destinations throughout the world (see page 36). Government intervention has certainly helped shape the accreditation landscape of late, however, in the case of the UK, an air of confusion still hangs over who possesses what accrediting powers and while the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is now solely responsible for accrediting language schools and private colleges looking to issue General Student Visas, little has been said about those accrediting bodies who were struck off of the ‘accrediting’ list at the height of the reform (Accreditation UK, Bac, Asic and Abls). It is worth reiterating here that all remain in business and those schools looking to concentrate on short-stay students (i.e.; those entering the UK via the extended student visitor visa route) need not apply to ISI but can instead gain a form of accreditation through one of the aforementioned bodies above. Indeed, while it could be argued the UK and Australian governments have thrown their weight behind linking accrediting schemes with visa issuance (a little too much some may argue), South Africa’s language school association, EduSA, laments its struggle to even establish a national accreditation scheme owing to a lack of government support.

On a more positive note, good deeds abound this month, with a spate of industry peers taking part in various fundraising events. Check out Grapevine to see a plethora of lycra-, speedo- and goggle-clad individuals doing something suitably sporty all in the name of charity.


Opinion
Pooling resources

News
Irish colleges open and close
Mixed second quarter results for Kaplan and Navitas
Ministry corruption restricts Belta
Australia announces scholarships to assist tsunami affected Japan
Indians top cancelled visas in Australia
New Zealand considers linking visas to tertiary quality ratings

Business Focus
PGIC Vancouver acquired by Loyalist Group
EduSA holds first teacher training day
English buddy system in the UK
New joint course in Western Australia


Advisor Survey
Hard working Brazil
Business was good in 2011, according to the advisors who took part in our Advisor Survey on Brazil. The work and travel sector was a particular area of business growth for many, although language programmes remained the mainstay of business.

Feedback
Malta
The standard of teaching continued to impress students that opted to study English on the Mediterranean island of Malta this year. Increasing the nationality intake was also a highlight for schools.

Courseguide
One-to-one in the UK

Spotlight
Dele preparation courses
Popular with students wanting to work or study in a Spanish speaking country, the Dele exam provides official recognition of fluency in the Spanish language. Many language schools in Spain offer preparation courses, although these are usually not as popular as general Spanish.

Status
New Zealand 2010



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