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Contents - September 2011


Special Report
Beyond basic
Moodle, wikis, flip cams and cloud computing are just some of the terms being bandied about by today’s education providers. While technology can help motivate students, and indeed the teachers that are teaching them, just how effective are they? Jane Vernon Smith talks to the trendsetters making technological advances in the classroom.


Direction I
Students speak
Students value the services provided by study abroad advisors but expect them to be able to provide a wealth of in-depth and accurate information, according to our survey of students who booked their programme through an advisor. Gillian Evans reports.



Market Report
Canada diversifies
Visa problems and a strong dollar have had an impact on student enrolments at Canadian language schools, although demand from new markets is on the rise. Bethan Norris reports.




Showing respect

Accreditation is the word of the moment in this issue of Study Travel Magazine with both the UK and Australian governments making announcements regarding this topic in the last few weeks (page 6). In the July issue of STM we reported extensively on the fact that the UK government’s policy for language schools in the UK to meet accreditation requirements that would enable them to enrol student visa holders had lapsed. We are pleased to report that this issue is currently in the process of being addressed by the UK Border Agency with the announcement that the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) will be developing a system of accreditation for language schools and private colleges in the near future.

While this is undoubtedly good news for language schools and private colleges worried about the future viability of their businesses, it begs the question why the UK government left this issue unanswered in the first place and perhaps reflects a lack of respect/interest for this sector by the powers in charge? The application deadline for language schools and colleges wanting to gain accreditation by ISI is in September, which doesn’t leave very much time for a new accreditation scheme to be up and running smoothly. The CEO of English UK has revealed that he is currently having discussions with ISI in order to develop the accreditation scheme and enable language schools and private colleges to become accredited by the 2012 deadline. It is to be hoped that future discussions between the two parties can reveal some workable solutions for everyone.

In Australia, new regulations have been introduced regarding the accreditation of language schools, which are now required to be recognised by the newly formed Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). In contrast with the situation in the UK, however, language schools currently accredited by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (Neas) will not have to undergo any further accreditation procedures in order to be recognised by ASQA. Neas confirmed that this situation came about after a long period of discussion between ASQA and themselves and shows how the government and industry bodies can work together well to find agreeable solutions that will not hinder existing businesses and future opportunities. Hopefully the UK government can learn from Australia in any future developments in this area of the study abroad sector.


Opinion
Technology allure


News
Confusion in Canada over immigration consultant bill
TUI Education acquires language school in York, UK
Value of UK English language sector more than previously thought
Education New Zealand supports Christchurch
Nacac compromises over use of commission for student recruitment
Soaring accreditation fees for UK colleges

Business Focus
New English schools in USA, UK and Ireland
The English Network celebrates first year

Advisor Survey

Advisor Survey
Thailand’s growth
With accelerating economic growth, Thai study abroad advisors find themselves in an enviable position. Business expanded in the last 12 months and continued growth has been forecast

Feedback
UK
The nationalities of students going to South Africa to study were largely unchanged this year although there was a decline in the number of students from central and eastern Europe. Agent usage was also down this year.

Courseguide
Exam preparation in the USA

Spotlight
English plus sports in Australia
With thousands of miles of coastline, glorious weather, and the world’s largest coral reef, Australia is an obvious destination for English plus water-based activities, while world-class facilities in sports such as golf and tennis ensure plenty of inland action as well. Matthew Knott investigates English plus sports courses.

Destination
Welcoming Ireland
There’s a lot more to Ireland than just shamrocks, leprechauns and Guinness. Topping numerous lists in various travel guides, the real Ireland promises a whole lot more. Nicola Hancox finds out more.

Status
Spain 2010



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