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UK language school closes doors to students

A language school in Glasgow is currently under police investigation after closing its doors without warning in June this year. A number of students who had enrolled on English courses at Able English have been left stranded with no information on how to get their money refunded.

Juliana Vasquez from Colombia paid Able English, the English teaching arm of Kelvin Business School, UK£1,200 (US$2,424) for a 25-week English course that was due to start on 16 June. Laura Day, Vasquez’s sister who lives in Glasgow, said, “My sister arrived to start her course and the premises were closed. We have been to the building many times and phoned the school but noone answers and the Director, David Morrison’s, mobile number is disconnected.”

Day said that she had reported the school to the police, the Trading Standards Service and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) but nobody had been able to help her recover her money.

Morrison told Language Travel Magazine on 11 July in an email that he was out of the country and had been since 12 June. “There has been a serious impact to the school due to two key-holding staff resignations,” he said. “I have been forced to indefinitely postpone all classes and courses until I can clean up the mess. Refunds will be issued subject to the school’s standard terms and conditions.” However, at the time of going to press, Vasquez had yet to be contacted by Morrison regarding a refund.

Graham Robertson from the Glasgow branch of the Trading Standards Service said, “We have had a meeting with the Strathclyde police in order to combine our enquiries,” he said. “The police are making further enquiries as to the whereabouts of Mr Morrison. We have been to his business address and his home but we have not been able to contact him.” A spokesperson from Strathclyde police confirmed that the investigation was ongoing.

Other students have also been affected. Alexander Colorado from Colombia, who lives in France, said, “I arrived at the school in June for a four-week language class after obtaining my visa in Paris and was told to return the next day. When I came back, the doors were all locked and I was not able to contact anyone from the school.”

Kelvin Business School is listed on a DIUS list of legitimate education providers, used by the Home Office to issue student visas. A government spokesperson said, “Schools listed on the [DIUS] list have to meet certain criteria to prove that they are bona fide organisations. These include having a schedule of classes, running courses that have a minimum of 15 hours supervised study a week for visa holders and keeping records of attendance. If a school was found not to be meeting these criteria, they would be removed.”

The UK’s immigration system is currently undergoing an overhaul (see Language Travel Magazine, October 2006, page 6) and an announcement regarding the requirement that all education providers accepting international student visa holders be accredited was due at the time of going to press.

Vasquez was initially offered free tuition by local school, Live Language, in any of its classes with spaces and Glasgow School of English has since offered her a permanent place on a course.


Two quality labels for French language schools

French language school association, Fle.fr, has announced a new quality label – the Label Fle – that will be available from January 2008. In April 2006, the French government launched a separate accreditation scheme for French language schools – the Label Qualité Français Langue Étrangère – and 22 schools were awarded accreditation under this label earlier in the year.


Alain Foubert from Fle.fr, which has 43 members, said that the new quality mark differed from the government accreditation scheme by taking “a global approach to the quality process, comprising all the tuition and all types of public a centre caters for as well as related features and services”. The quality scheme is available to all French language schools in France – not just Fle.fr member schools – and a handbook detailing the auditing process will be available to schools from September.

The government accreditation scheme was launched by the French Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs and Culture and assesses French language schools in the five different categories of welfare, premises and equipment, programmes, teaching staff and management. Currently 68 schools have either applied or been accredited.

Christophe Tissot from Institut de Touraine in Tours, which has already received the government quality label, said, “I think the example of the UK and the British Council inspired the whole process of creating a quality label in France. Today there are over 300 French language schools operating in France. The FLE quality label will give visibility and facilitate the selection.”

Eleri Maitland from French in Normandy in Rouen said that they had already applied for government accreditation and would also apply for the Fle.fr association quality mark. “We want to be the best,” she said, “and accreditation is part of the process.”


Language school provides bursary for university fees

A Canadian language school has launched an innovative scholarship programme for students going on to study at a range of universities and colleges in Canada. Students studying at Hansa Language Centre in Toronto will be able to apply for a one-time bursary for their first year of studies at one of 10 different universities or colleges in Canada.

David Oancia from the school said they had recently negotiated with Trent University in Peterborough, ONT, to offer the Trent-Hansa International Award, a CAN$1,500 (US$1,425) scholarship towards the first year of studies at Trent University. “It will be available to all Hansa Language Centre students who complete at least three months of our intensive English programme, score 86 on the Toefl iBT and meet the academic requirements of Trent University,” said Oancia.

The Hansa Scholarship Program was launched in December last year and so far 25 students have taken up the bursary. “In the following months, another 15 students will be starting their university prep courses and are looking to enrol for the January 2008 start dates,” said Oancia.

Funding for the scholarships comes from a combination of the language school and the universities and colleges themselves and Oancia said that the school was expecting to increase its numbers of long-term students through the programme.

He added, “We are also receiving a fair amount of money to establish and promote the programme from Industry Canada’s Language Industry Program. For example, in September 2008, they have funded a tour of Brazil, Chile and Argentina. We will be promoting the programme in the CEC mini fairs in Brazil and Buenos Aires’s ExpoUniversidad as well as making presentations in high schools, universities and English academies in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, Chile.”


"Languages in crisis" in Australia

The Group of Eight (Go8), an association of eight leading research universities in Australia, has called on the Australian government to implement policies to stop the decline of language learning among Australian citizens.

The discussion paper, Languages in crisis: A rescue plan for Australia, was released earlier this year and calls for compulsory second language education from primary school to year 10, the introduction of incentives for school students to keep up their language studies – such as a 10-per-cent bonus on university entry scores for year 12 students who have successfully undertaken studies in a language other than English in their last year at school – and the provision of extra funding to help universities retain quality language teachers.

Michael Gallagher, Go8 Executive Director, said, “Crisis is not too strong a word to describe the decline in foreign language education in our schools and universities. The percentage of year 12 students graduating with a second language has fallen from 40 per cent in the 1960s to as low as six per cent in some states in Australia today.” He added, “At tertiary level, where Go8 universities are responsible for delivering the majority of foreign language education, the number of languages available has fallen from 66 to 29 in the past 10 years.”



Nova suspends operations

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has suspended part of the language school chain Nova Corp’s business operations for six months after the company was found guilty of lying to customers about its services.

The company is Japan’s largest language school chain and operates over 900 schools with some 480,000 students. However, the school is said to be unable to sign up students for courses running for one year or more, nor those totalling 70 hours and above for six months starting from June. An investigation by the ministry found that students were misled regarding the availability of classes, entrance fees and the cancellation policy and the company’s practices were judged to be “organised and malicious”.

In an interview following the decision, Nova President Nozomu Sahashi said an internal enquiry would be set up within the school and that he would seek to regain students’ trust.


Contact any advertiser in the this issue now

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


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

EXPOS /
WORKSHOPS
Fedele
Ialc
IEFT- International
       Education Fairs
       of Turkey
International House
       World Organisation
WEBA

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd

TOURIST BOARDS
Cyprus Tourist
       Board
Malta Tourism
       Authority

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
Perth Education City
Southbank Institute
       of TAFE

BRAZIL
Diálogo Language
       Schools

CANADA
Bodwell College
Capls Canada
CLC Canada
College of New
       Caledonia
English School
       of Canada
ELS Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)
Eurocentres Canada
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Hansa Language
       Centre of Toronto
ILSC
Language Studies
       Canada
National School of
       Languages
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College
Richmond School
       District # 38
Saint Mary's
       University
Stewart College
       of Languages
University Canada
       West
University of Alberta
University of Victoria
Vancouver
       Community College
Vancouver English
       Centre
Vanwest College
Worldwide
       Language Institute
YMCA Montreal
       International
       Language School
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)

CHINA
Mandarin House

CYPRUS
Cyprus Tourist Board

CZECH REPUBLIC
Global Study
       (Karlov College)

ENGLAND
American
       Intercontinental
       University,
       London
       (Dubai, UK, USA)
Bell International
       (England, Malta)
Bloomsbury
       International
International House
       World
       Organisation
WEBA
Cambridge
       Education Group
Camp Beaumont
Eaquals
English Language
       Centre Brighton
       & Hove
English School
       (Northumbria) Ltd,
       (The)
Globe School
       of English
ILS English Ltd
International
       House World
       Organisation
InterNexus Centre
       for Language
       Studies
Islington Centre
       for English
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
LAF
LAL Language
       and Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Language in London
Language Upon
       Thames
Liverpool
       Community College
Liverpool
       International
       Language
       Academy
London Metropolitan
       University
Malvern House
       College London
Mountlands
       Language School
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Rose of York
       Language School
Saint Peter's School
       of English
Shane Global
       Language Centres
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Tellus Group
Twin Group
       (Ireland, UK)
University
       of Manchester
University of Sussex
West London
       Business College

FRANCE
Alliance Française
       Paris
CIPEL
Lyon Bleu
       International
Institut de Touraine
Institut International
       de Rambouillet
SILC - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
BWS Germanlingua
Carl Duisberg
       Medien GmbH
       (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin
International House
       Berlin - Prolog
Sprachcaffe
       International /
       Languages Plus
       (Australia, Canada,
       Cuba, England,
       France, Germany,
       Italy, Malta, Spain,
       USA)

IRELAND
Alpha College
       of English
American College
       Dublin
       (Ireland, USA)
Dublin City University
       Language
       Services
High Schools
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)
Galway Cultural
       Institute
ISI- International
       Study 65 Institute
       Ireland
MEI-Relsa
Swan Training
       Institute

ITALY
ALCE
IH - Palermo
IH Team Lingue -
       Lecco- Merate

LATVIA
Durbe Ture

MALTA
EC English
       Language Centre
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
English Language
       Academy
Feltom
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority
NSTS

RUSSIA
AMBergh
       Management AB
       (Russia, Ukraine)
Derzhavin Institute
Language Link,
       Russia

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

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies
EC Cape Town
Eurocentres Cape
       Town
Good Hope Studies
inlingua Language
       Training Centre
       Cape Town
Interlink School
       of Languages
LAL Cape Town
LAL Durban
Shane Global
       Language Centres

SPAIN
Fedele
International House -
       Spain
Malaca Instituto -
       Club Hispánico
Pamplona Learning
       Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
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)
WEBA

USA
ALCC - American
       Language
       Communication
       Center
California State
       University
       San Marcos
ELS Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)
Global Education
       Services Inc
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Kaplan Aspect
       (Australia, Canada,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       South Africa, UK,
       USA)
Saint Timothy's
       School
University of
       California Riverside
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
University of Illinois
       at Urbana-
       Champaign
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)



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CANADA
Bodwell College
School District # 8
       Kootenay Lake

SCOTLAND
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USA
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