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September 2010 issue

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English plus sports in Australia


Learning English in Australia while also receiving tuition in a sport such as surfing, scuba diving or tennis is a popular option for all ages, and schools all over the country are getting in on the act.

Students visiting Australia to learn English don’t have to look very far if they are also interested in participating in a range of sports and activities. The country is known for its outdoor lifestyle and interest in all sorts of team sports and for coastal dwellers, water-based activities such as surfing and scuba diving are part of the local lifestyle.

For some language schools in Australia, offering a course combining English tuition with scuba diving is an obvious progression due to their location near perfect scuba diving territory. Trish Marshall, Principal of Kaplan International College Cairns, QLD, says, “English & Diving courses have been one of our original ‘flag waver’ courses at Kaplan International College. Cairns is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Students often begin their studies with the English & Diving course so they then have the qualification to dive every weekend over the remainder of their stay in Cairns.”

Cairns is the capital of Queensland and is a popular destination for keen scuba divers around the world. The main attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the modern world and a World Heritage Site. Cairns College of English, QLD, also offers English plus scuba diving courses for students and Ulrich Stauffer, Principal Administrator at the school says that visiting the Great Barrier Reef is “an absolute must”. He adds, “[The course is] very popular with students who want to come here and not run from one dive centre to another to find a good deal. We organise the whole package for them with one of the most reputable dive centres in town to a reasonable price.”

In other areas of Australia, different sports courses are also on offer with the opportunity to improve and perfect existing skills. Helen Cox, Director of the South Australian College of English (SACE) in Adelaide, SA, says that the school offers English and tennis courses to interested students. “SACE students enrolled in English plus tennis at SACE Adelaide complete their tennis coaching at the same Adelaide tennis venue as the famous South Australian and former Wimbledon champion, Leighton Hewitt.”

In Surfer’s Paradise, QLD, surfing is very much on the menu and students at Embassy CES school in the town love the fact that they can combine surfing with learning English, according to Mark Bailey, Marketing Manager – Queensland at the school chain. “The campus is located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise and 100 metres from one of the most famous surf breaks in the world,” he says. “The board room at Embassy – Gold Coast is exactly that… a (surf) board room.”

Other sports such as golf, rugby and horse riding are also common among the course offerings at Australian language schools and Saint Stephen’s College in the Gold Coast, QLD, offers expert tuition in a variety of sporting areas. Sam Holmes at the college, says, [We have] 12 students in the golf programme, seven in Pro One tennis, nine in Pat Cash tennis and 15 in the rugby academy,” adding, “They are quite popular with international and domestic students.”

At Saint Stephen’s College, the sports programmes came about after the school received enquiries from existing sports clubs on the Gold Coast. “We put them on the market and there was suitable demand, therefore we introduced the programmes,” says Holmes. “We started these programmes five years ago and have built on them ever since.”

However, for other language schools in Australia, the decision to introduce language plus sports courses came about after demand from agents. Richard Brown from Browns English Language School, located in the Gold Coast and Brisbane, QLD, says, “We have been offering English plus sports courses since 2003. We decided to offer these courses due to high demand from our partners, particularly from Japan, Taiwan and Western Europe.”

Browns offers language and sports courses in surfing, scuba diving, tennis and golf and Brown adds that they are considering adding more sports courses in the future. “We have actually been considering English and rugby due to Australia’s excellent reputation as an incubator to producing many world class players such as Quade Cooper, Matt Rogers and Nathan Sharpe.”

At Embassy CES too, the school’s location near the coast means that more English plus sports courses might be available in the future. “With the easy access to the beach, other water sports options are available including kite surfing and scuba diving,” says Bailey.

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ACCOMMODATION
Britannia Student
      Services  
Nido Student Living  
Sara's New York
      Homestay LLC  
Unite  

ASSOCIATIONS/ GROUPS
ABLS  
English Australia 
Feltom
Groupement FLE 
IALC International 
International House
      World Organisation
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
MEI  
Perth Education City
Quality English
The English Network

EVENTS
Alphe Conferences  
English Australia  
Globus Education
      Agency  
IALC International  
IEFT- International
      Education Fairs of
      Turkey  
International House
      World Organisation  
Ukranian
      International
      Educational Fair  

EXAM BOARDS
Cambridge Esol  
IELTS  
Pearson Education  

GUARDIANSHIP
COMPANIES
Bright World
      Guardianships  

INSURANCE
Dr. Walter GmbH  
Student Guard
      Insurance  

SERVICES
ICEF  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

AUSTRALIA
Bond University  
Carrick Institute of
      Education  
La Trobe
      University  
Language
      Studies International
NAVITAS  
Pacific Gateway International College  
Perth Education City
Shafston
      International College
Universal English
      College
      (Global Village
      Sydney) 
University of
      Tasmania  
University of
      Western Australia  
University of
      Western Sydney
      College  

BELGUIM
CERAN Lingua
      International  

CANADA
Bow Valley College
Braemar
      International
      College  
CLLC  
East Coast School
      of Languages  
English Bay College  
English School of
      Canada  
Eurocentres Canada  
Geos North America  
Global Village  
ILSC  
International
      Language School of
      the YMCAs Quebec
Language Studies
      International  
LSC Language
      Studies Canada  
National School
      of Languages  
Niagara College  
Queen's University  
Richmond School
      District #38  
Saint Mary's
      University  
SAIT Polytechnic  
Stewart College of
      Languages  
Study Abroad
      Canada  
Thompson Rivers
      University  
University of Victoria  
Vancouver English
      Centre  

CHINA
iMandarin
      Language Training
      Institute  
Mandarin House  

EGYPT
IH Cairo  

ENGLAND
ABC Languages  
Bury Language
      School  
Cambridge
      Education Group  
Camp Beaumont  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
      Hove  
English Studio  
Hove College  
INTO University
      Partnerships  
Kaplan International
      Colleges  
Kings Colleges  
LAL Central
      Marketing Office  
Language in Group  
London Metropolitan
      University  
Malvern House
      College London  
Pearson Education  
Quality English  
Queen Ethelburga's
      College  
Shakespeare College  
SKOLA  
Spinnaker College  
St Giles Colleges  
Study Group  
SUL Language
      Schools  
Thames Valley
      Summer Schools  
The English
      Network  
Twin Group  
Unite  
University of
      Cambridge ESOL
      Examinations  
University of
      Essex -
      International
      Academy  
Wimbledon School
      of English  

FRANCE
Accent Francais  
Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Alpha B - Institut
      Linguistique  
CLE  
College International
      de Cannes  
Ecole PERL  
Ecole Suisse
      Internationale  
Education En France
Idiom  
Institut de Langue
      et de Culture
      Françaises - ILCF  
Langue Onze
      Toulouse  
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu
      International  
Paris Langues /
      Club CEI des 4
      Vents
Universite de
      Paris Sorbonne  

GERMANY
Sprachcaffe
      International /
      Languages Plus  

GREECE
Filomathia  

GUADELOUPE
Media Langues
     Caraibes  

HONG KONG
ALLTERE
      Education Group  

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English  
Centre of English
      Studies  
Horner School of
      English  
Linguaviva
      Centre  
MEI  

JAPAN
Tamagawa
      International
      Language School  

MALTA
Clubclass
      Residential
      Language School  
EC English
      Language Centre  
English Language
      Academy  
Feltom
Global Village  
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and
      Activity Camps.  

SOUTH AFRICA
EC Cape Town  
EF - SA  
English in Africa
      Language School  
Eurocentres Cape
      Town  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town  
Interlink School
      of Languages  
International House
      Cape Town  
Kurus English CC  
LAL Cape Town  

SPAIN
Inturjoven  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL  
Malaga Si  
Universitat
      Internacional de
      Catalunya  

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
Eurocentres
      International  

USA
ELS Language
      Centers  
IH New York  
Julian Krinsky
      Camps & Programs
Language
      Consultants
      International, LCI
University of
      Arizona 
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California San Diego  
Zoni Language
      Centers  



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