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September 2006 issue

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Personal tuition in the UK

The one-to-one market is changing, and two-to-one models or combination courses incorporating group training and personal tuition are just as popular. We report on a range of personal tuition options in the UK.

One-to-one courses have been around for years – some schools offer them as part of their suite of products and other companies specialise in providing private, focused tuition. Programmes are available in a teacher’s home or at a school centre; learning in a teacher’s home helps intensify the language learning experience because, as Jose Roest at Home Language International points out, “students cannot speak their own language after class”.

According to many operators in this sector in the UK, there is a significant rise in the number of language school clients choosing to take a combination of small group and one-to-one courses, which is something that many providers can offer. John Miles at Canterbury Language Training relates, “Now, 80 per cent of our clients include an element of one-to-one in their training.”

At St Giles, Jane Wright adds, “We are witnessing more growth in combination courses than in purely one-to-one lessons. As people become more secure with the homogeneity of small groups, they are happy to back this up with one-to-one lessons in order to cover their specialist requirements.”

Wright makes the point about specialist needs of one-to-one clients: most indeed have a limited timeframe and particular learner requirements. Paul Gallina at Southbourne School of English in Bournemouth explains, “One-to-one tuition addresses individual needs in a personalised way that is not possible in a class.”

Carmel Engin at Lake School of English in Oxford explains that in her experience, one-to-one clients tend to be “motivated, older learners who know what they are trying to achieve and very-low level learners who need a lot of personal attention and explanation.” She agrees that “clients tend to take individual tuition in addition to a group class”.

At Lydbury English Centre in Shropshire, Duncan Baker believes that combination courses of one-to-one and group lessons are actually more effective. “Much of real life communication does not take place in a one-to-one situation!” he says. Heather Jackson at Pilgrims English Language Courses in Canterbury reports a similar trend for such courses. “This offers the best of both worlds,” she says. “The personal attention of one-to-one plus the benefits of a multinational group.”

One group of learners who have tended to favour personalised tuition is business executives who are time-pressed. Kate Hargreaves, Principal of Living Learning English, which is based in Bristol with host teachers all over the UK, points out that executives may also have been away from the classroom environment for many years and prefer a one-to-one option for this reason.

A new target clientele is friends, couples and even parents and children. Baker says that two-to-one tuition for friends or couples is popular “and very cost-effective. We only charge one tuition fee plus accommodation for the second person”. Jackie Verrall at English Language Homestays agrees. “Schoolchildren and students like to come with their friends,” she reports, “and also couples come as an unusual British holiday. We also find courses beneficial for business English with colleagues.”

While all providers listed can cater for two-to-one tuition, only selected providers cater for adults and their child/children. At Intuition Languages, Norman Renshaw reports increasing demand for such courses. He suggests, “This may be down to demographics changing, where there are more one-parent families and it is easier to bring children than leave them at home.”

Verall says that they offer such courses in the school holidays. “It’s a new idea, since 2004, but gaining in popularity,” she says.

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
Education New
       Zealand Trust
English Australia
English UK
Fedele Agent
       Workshop
IALC
MEI-Relsa
Turlingua -
       Consortium of
       Language Travel
       and Tourism

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
English Australia
Fedele Agent
        Workshop
ICEF
Mystery Agent Event
       in Toronto (ILAC -
       International
       Language Academy
       of Canada)

TOURIST BOARDS/ INFORMATION CENTRES
Malta Tourism
       Authority
Step Up Study
       Abroad Information
       Center (Japan)

INSURANCE
InterGlobal
       Ltd.services
Language Travel
       Phone Card

AUSTRALIA
Australian
       Internships
English Australia
Global Village Noosa
International Student
       Placement Centre
Language Studies
      International
Queensland
       University of
       Technology
Shafston
       International College
St Paul's School
University of
       Western Australia

CANADA
Brock University
Business English
       School of Toronto
Cowichan Valley
       School District #79
George Brown -
       The Toronto City
       College
ILAC - International
       Language Academy
       of Canada
Malaspina University
       College
Niagara College
       Canada
Seneca
Thompson Rivers
       University
University of
       Windsor

CHINA
Mandarin House

ENGLAND
Adventure and
       Computer Holidays
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France, Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Bell International
       (Malta, UK)
Berlitz Language
       Centre - Oxford
Better English
Canning School
       London
English Centre at the
       Hampstead Garden
       Suburb Institute
English Language
       Homestays
       (England, Scotland)
English UK
ETCI
Harrow House
       International
       Colleges
IALC
InTuition Languages
       (Australia, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, South
       America, Spain, UK,
       USA)
LAF
LAL Language and
       Leisure
Languages Out
       There (England,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Spain)
Living Learning
       English
Lydbury English
       Centre
Malvern House
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Sprachcaffe
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Cuba,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Spain, USA)
St Giles Colleges
       (UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Twin Group
West London
       Business College

FRANCE
Accent Français
EICAR- Paris
       International Film
       School

GERMANY
ICEF
inlingua Berlin
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Alpha College of
       English
Emerald Cultural
       Institute
MEI-Relsa

JAPAN
Step Up Study
       Abroad Information
       Center
MALTA
inlingua Malta
Malta Tourism
       Authority

NEW ZEALAND
Education New
       Zealand Trust
Languages
       International

RUSSIA
Language Link,
       Russia
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SINGAPORE
inlingua Singapore

SPAIN
Escuela de Español
       la Brisa S.L.
FEDELE Agent
       Workshop
Kingsbrook -
       Spanish for
       Foreigners
Malaca Instituto -
       Club Hispánico SL
ONECO - the training
       agency
Turlingua -
       Consortium of
       Language Travel
       and Tourism

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
University of Illinois
       at Urbana-
       Champaign
Zoni Language
       Centers

EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

CANADA
Archer Education
       Group
Delta School District
Richmond School
       District #38

ENGLAND
Queen Ethelburga's
       College

NEW ZEALAND
Bay of Plenty
       Polytechnic
Eastern Institute of
       Technology
Wellington Institute
       of Technology