September 2009 issue

Agency News
Agency Survey
Market Report
Direction - Exams
Direction - Workshops
Special Report
Course Guide 1
Course Guide 2
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Spain’s new focus

A growth in business was reported by the majority of agencies that took part in this month’s Spanish Agency Survey, with a clear interest in work-related programmes as well as language learning documented.

Key points
• The Spanish economy remains in deep recession, but the rate of decline eased in the second quarter of 2009, compared with first quarter.

• Unemployment has sky-rocketed in the last year, standing at 17.4 per cent in March, but the rate did drop for two consecutive months from May to June for the first time since mid-2007.

• The Spanish government has said that the economy will contract in 2009 more than expected, revising its figures to –3.6 per cent in 2009. The new estimates foresee a further –0.3 per cent decline in 2010, with growth in 2011 at the earliest.

Source: Reuters

Top destinations Most popular courses
1. UK 44%
2. Ireland 17%
3. USA 10.5%
4. Italy 8.5%
5. Malta 4%
6. Spain 3%
7. New Zealand 2%
8. Australiaa 1%
8. Canada 1%
Other 5.5%
1. General 34%
2. Intensive 20%
3. Language and work experience 14%
4. Junior 14%
5. Summer vacation 12%
6. Business 4%
7. Acad./Exam prep 1%
other 1%

Top Languages Average percentage agency business
1. English 80%
2. Italian 7%
3. French 5%
4. Spanish 3%
4. German 3%
6. Chinese 1%
Other 2.5%
1. Language progr. 61%
2. Volunteer 11%
3. Internships 10%
4. Work & travel 9%
5. HIgher education 1%
Other 8%

How do agencies recruit students?
How do agencies find new business partners?
1. Word-of-mouth 45%
2. Website 29%
3. Advertising in press 5%
3. Mail shots 5%
5. Seminars to students 3.5%
6. Advertising on tv/radio 1%
Other 11.5%
1. Workshops 33.5%
2. Internet 31%
3. Fairs and expos 21%
4. LTM/ETM 6.5%
5. Other press 2%
Other 6%

Percentage of agents who recognised each of the following organisations
Acpet 18%
English Australia 36%

Languages Canada 27%

Souffle 36%
FLE.fr 18%
L'Office 18%
Unosel 9%

MEI 63%

Asils 36%
Italian in Italy 27%

Feltom 54%

New Zealand
English NZ 45%

Aeple 0%

South Africa
EduSa 9%
English SA 18%

Fedele 72%

English UK 72%
British Council 90%

Accet 36%
CEA 18%

Eaquals 45%
Ialc 72%
Quality English 72%
Tandem 54%

Market growth
An average business growth of 13 per cent was recorded across the 12 Spanish agencies that took part in our survey, but one result of 120 per cent growth slightly skewed the result upwards. Discounting this posting (given that the number of students at this agency was small), across-the-board growth was three per cent. Last year (see LTM, July 2008, pages 20-21), growth of 43 per cent was recorded, so the market has contracted somewhat. Nevertheless, seven agencies reported growth in business, with one pointing out that the Spanish government grants for language study overseas (see LTM, February 2008, page 6) continue to improve enrolment numbers. Three agencies recorded negative growth.

Language and destination trends
The UK remained the most popular study destination, gaining market share again after it dipped to 32 per cent last year. This year, 44 per cent of clients were reported to choose the UK, with Ireland remaining in second position with 17 per cent of the vote. The USA was in third position with 10.5 per cent of clients travelling there, which is a similar result to last year, but Malta has noticeably lost market share; down to fifth position, behind Italy, with just four per cent of the market. This may be due to the many complaints about overcrowding in Malta after the first year of government scholarships saw many Spanish students in the country (see LTM, September 2008, page 6). These results also incorporate the results from one agency that dealt exclusively with Italy, which explains its high ranking. After English, selected by 80 per cent of agency clients the next most popular was, accordingly, Italian, followed by French.

Student and course trends
Spanish students are a diverse group, with volunteering and internships considered by many as well as language learning trips abroad. This latter category was requested by 61 per cent of clients, while 11 per cent were interested in volunteering, 10 per cent in internships and nine per cent in paid work & travel programmes. Almost 50 per cent of all clients wanted to learn a language for their future work, and 24 per cent for current work, according to our agency respondents. This is a change on last year, when agent participants estimated that 24 per cent (second-highest proportion) were learning for their studies at home. This year, that figure was just 7.5 per cent.

Agency business
As last year, just over one-third of clients requested residential accommodation and about the same number requested host family lodging. This is quite different to the Japanese market, for example, where 75 per cent of clients want to stay with a host family (see LTM, July 2009, pages 30-31). Overall, agencies worked with a relatively small number of language school partners – just 33 in seven countries. (This was as high as 70 schools for one individual agency). Agencies felt that they found most new business partners at workshops, with almost the same number sourced via the Internet.

Looking ahead
Many are looking to diversify their product range in a bid to ensure growth: 50+ programmes, German language courses, professional groups, school groups and paid internships are all areas that agencies said they would pay attention to in the year ahead.

Economic overview

• The Spanish economy remains in deep recession, but the rate of decline eased in the second quarter of 2009, compared with first quarter.

• Unemployment has sky-rocketed in the last year, standing at 17.4 per cent in March, but the rate did drop for two consecutive months from May to June for the first time since mid-2007.

• The Spanish government has said that the economy will contract in 2009 more than expected, revising its figures to –3.6 per cent in 2009. The new estimates foresee a further –0.3 per cent decline in 2010, with growth in 2011 at the earliest.

Source: Reuters

Spanish agencies named a range of language programmes they work with, including, in Canada: Camber College, Powell River, BC; Tamwood International College, Vancouver, BC. In Ireland: ATC Language & Travel, Bray; Emerald Cultural Institute, Dublin; Galway Cultural Institute, Galway; Swan Training Institute, Dublin. In Italy: Babilonia, Taormina; Centro Machiavelli, Florence. In New Zealand: Wellington Business School, Wellington. In the UK: Bath Academy, Bath; Brighton Language Centre, Brighton; Burlington School of English, London; Central School of English, London; Concorde International, Canterbury; Colchester English Study Centre, Colchester; EAC, Edinburgh; English 2000, Bournemouth; Hampstead School of English, London; Hastings English Language Centre, Hastings; Language in London, London; Melton College, York; King’s Group, various; St Clare’s, Oxford; Twin Group, various. In the USA: CSL, Santa Monica, CA; The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Worldwide: EC; IH; Kaplan Aspect; LSI.

Thank you to the following agencies for taking part in our survey: Babel Idiomas; Best Programs; GSC Study Abroad; LanguagesGo! SL; London Thames Language Services; MundoIdiomas; Open Frontiers; Sabatica; SFC Idioma y Vacciones; Spanish Teachers; Studyglobal Spain; Studiainitalia.

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English Australia  
Feltom Malta  
International House
      World Organisation  
Languages Canada /
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IALC International  
Perth Education
Quality English  

Travel Solutions

Alphe Conferences  
British Boarding
      Schools Workshops  
Feltom Malta  
IEFT- International
      Education Fairs of
International House
      World Organisation  


Student Guard

Hub and Spoke
      Connections Limited  

Malta Tourism
Perth Education

English Bay College  
Training Partnership
Twin Group
      (Ireland, England,

Ecela - Latin
      (Argentina, Chile,

Ability Education  
Bond University  
English Australia  
Geos Oceania  
      (Australia, New
Language Studies
Pacific Gateway
      International College  
Perth Education City  
      International College   
University of
University of
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CERAN Lingua
      (Belgium, England,

Access International
      English Language
Bow Valley College  
Camosun College  
College de
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College of New
East Coast School
      of Languages
Elmwood School  
ELS Language
English Bay College  
English Language
      Training College
English School of
Geos North America  
Global Village  
      (Australia, Canada,
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto  
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
       of Canada  
ILSC - International
      Language Schools
      of Canada  
ITTTI Vancouver  
King George
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Language Studies
National School
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Queen's University  
Richmond School
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Saint Mary's
Selkirk College  
Student Guard
University of
YMCA Greater
      International Lang

IH Xi'an  
Mandarin House  

IH Cairo  

ABC Languages  
Ardmore Language
      (UK, USA)  
Bell International 
      (Malta, UK) 
Bury Language
Camp Beaumont  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
English Studio  
Holme Park  
International House
      World Organisation  
IP International
      Projects GmbH  
      (France, Germany,
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Kaplan Aspect 
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      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
Kings Colleges
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LAL Language
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      (Canada, Cyprus,
      Ireland, England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      Spain, Switzerland,
LITE - London
      Institute Of
      Technology And
Malvern House
      College London  
      (Canada, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, UK,
      Ethelburga's College
Shakespeare College
Spinnaker College  
St Giles Colleges  
      (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group 
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
SUL Language
Training Partnership
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Twin Group 
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United World
      School of English  
University of
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University of the
      Arts - Language
Wimbledon School
      of English  

Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Education En France  
Institut de Touraine  
SILC - Séjours
      (England, France,

BWS Germanlingua
Carl Duisberg
      Medien GmbH  
      (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin  
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

Centre of English
      Studies (Ireland, UK)
Cork English College
      /Language & Activity

Kai Japanese
      Language School  
      Language School  

      Residential Language
Easy School of
EC English
      Language Centre
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA) 
Feltom Malta  
Malta Tourism

Derzhavin Institute  
Moscow Linguistic
Privet! Russian
      Language School  

EAC Language
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      Activity Camps
      (England, Ireland,
      Scotland, Wales)
University of Stirling

EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape
      Town- One World
      Language school  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town  
Interlink School of
International House
      Cape Town  
LAL Cape Town  
Shane Global
      Language Centres -
      Cape Town  

Colegio Maravillas  
International House -
      Dept de Espanol  
International House
      San Sebastian -
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL  
Idiomas Si, S.L
      (Malaga Si)  

EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Costa Rica,
      Ecuador, France,
      Germany, Italy, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Singapore, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New Zealand,
      Russia, Spain,
      Switzerland, USA)
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Bride English  
ELS Language
Embassy CES  
English Language
Global Immersions
Inlingua Language
inlingua Language
      Service Center,
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      Language Institute
      of Massachusetts  
Johnson & Wales
San Diego
      State University  
The Language
University of
University of
      California San Diego  
California State
      University San
University of
      South Florida  
Zoni Language
      (Canada, USA)

Celtic School 

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