Kelly Franklin writes
Since 2009 Saudi Arabia has sent more students than any other country onto US intensive English programmes, largely due to the government’s King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP), which provides all school costs and a healthy living stipend to Saudi youth seeking higher education.
The most recent data from the annual Open Doors Report by the Institute for International Education reveals that over 38,000 Saudis studied on US intensive English programmes – over twice the number for second-ranked China.
Dave Moore reports
On Sunday 15 March A2Z School of English posted a closure notice on its Facebook page, leaving its students and staff in Manchester and London high and dry. The A2Z School of English in Dublin closed in January, and a Facebook message invited students at the Irish centre to ‘move to one of the A2Z School of English branches in the UK at no extra cost, which remain in operation as usual’.
Claudia Civinini writes
Italian teachers have warned that the country’s primary schools will not be ready for the introduction of Clil methodology this September, with one union pointing out there are no funds to train teachers to the level of specialisation required.
UK immigration authorities have slashed by 90 per cent the number of centres worldwide able to offer Secure English Language Tests (Selts) to non-EU immigrants.
From 6 April, one month before a general election, non-EU citizens applying in the UK for visas will have to take an Ielts or Trinity College London exam in one of twenty centres run directly by these boards. Applicants outside the UK are restricted to some 200 Ielts-run centres in the 140 countries chosen by the Home Office, the ministry responsible for immigration.