Adult enrolment in language schools in Spain has gradually dropped as the employment situation has improved in the country. Most of the evidence for this comes from the EOIs – Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas – state language schools in Spain. ‘We are like a social thermometer on matters such as unemployment,’ said the director of the state language school in Vigo, in Galicia, in the north of Spain.
The British government may look to slash the number of international students to 170,000, nearly half the current enrolment, according the Guardian newspaper, in what’s seen as a purely political move to rig immigration numbers. The government has promised to reduce net migration, a measure which includes British citizens and international students.
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United States: Teachers’ union New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has appealed to the state to increase funding to support English language learners (ELLs). ELL enrolments have increased 22 per cent from 2008–9, the union reported, and while most of them are located in urban districts, numbers are on the rise in rural and suburban areas as well – 65 per cent of all New York State school districts reported having ELLs in their student body.
The American College Testing (ACT) exam board has announced it will provide support to English language learners (ELLs) taking its college admission test, also named ACT, starting from the 2017–18 school year.The ACT was taken by 64 per cent of high school graduates in 2016, about two million students, according to figures on the exam board’s website.