English Australia and EAQA announce partnership
25, February, 2015
EAQA, the pan-European agency association, and English Australia, the national peak body for the English language teaching sector, have announced a partnership.
English Australia and EAQA have partnered to share knowledge and information
The agreement is intended to complement mutual affiliation with knowledge and information sharing, creating a quality network between the organisations themselves as well as their members.
The announcement comes after months of discussions between the two organisations following initial talks at the Alphe UK Conference in August last year, as well as the unanimous agreement of EAQA members to create a partner category.
Adela Makashi, Chair of EAQA, said, “Cooperating with an organisation of English Australia’s quality not only elevates the range of cooperation and knowledge sharing of both bodies, but also gives our member agencies a wider field of possibilities in expanding their cooperation with education institutions of the highest quality.”
Sue Blundell, Executive Director of English Australia, said, “Due to the nature and main goals of our organisation, cooperation with an association of EAQA’s character seemed only natural. We are excited to see what this cooperation brings and look forward to working together in 2015.”
Founded in 2011, EAQA is currently constituted by 27 agencies from 15 countries and is a member of the Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations (Felca). Some of these were among the growth markets in the recently announced full-year 2014 international student data for the English language sector in Australia.
Meanwhile, English Australia has launched a new Guide to Best Practice in Managing Professional Development in Elicos, the latest in its suite of Best Practice Guides designed to support member colleges.
The guide showcases key features of continuing professional development programmes to maximise staff and engagement buy-in, including detailed case studies and examples from member colleges.
“The guide is designed for Elicos managers who would like to make sure that their staff, regardless of their role within the organisation, have a flexible range of opportunities to learn and grow throughout their employment,” said Blundell. “It is especially relevant for Australian Elicos colleges because it has been compiled in consultation with managers from English Australia member colleges and is written for the Australian context.”
To support the launch, English Australia will be holding a series of supplementary events through the year, aiming to generate conversation across the sector about professional development practices, including webinars, conference workshops and Twitter chats.
The new guide is available for free to English Australia member colleges, and other interested parties can contact the secretariat.
English Australia currently represents more than 120 member colleges, including private language schools and university English language departments.