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01-06-2016 Hits:196 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

The British Council is to open a bilingual pre-school in Hong Kong in August. The International Pre-School, which will teach English and Cantonese and have specific times set aside for...

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ANDREA PÉREZ WRITES

Malta’s English language providers have called for VAT (sales tax) exemptions to make the country’s language school sector more competitive, the Malta Independent reported. The call, from the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisation of Malta (Feltom), followed the latest figures from the industry: a 2.6 per cent drop in English language students in 2015. Malta’s largest European market, Italy, saw a reduction of 2,123 students compared to 2014, and other markets such as Russia and Libya suffered due to ‘instability’.

MELANIE BUTLER WRITES

Uncertainty over the result of the EU referendum is causing ‘unprecedented damage’ to the UK language teaching industry, one Cambridge language school has claimed. John Barnett of Cambridge Academy of English warned in his local press that summer bookings were being hit because of currency exchange uncertainty.

This comes on the back of a 25 per cent drop in the number of course weeks sold in the UK last year, according to unaudited early return figures from English UK members. Enrolments in Ireland, the UK’s closest rival, rose 10 per cent in the same period.

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