By Melanie Butler
UP TO 30,000 students from the south of Italy aged fifteen to eighteen are expected to head abroad this year for EU-funded language courses and exams. Many of the 2,000 teachers accompanying them will also have EU funding for ‘certification’ courses, though whether this must include methodology or will cover language improvement classes is not yet clear. The total funding for the project, which will see students being enrolled in courses overseas starting this month, could exceed €30 million.
Language testing will form an integral
EDEN COLLEGE Dublin and Eden College International London, two colleges with the same beneficial owner, Mr Fakir Hossain, have hit the headlines on both sides of the Irish Sea. The Irish story involves a former education minister, while the UK operations of US testing giant ETS have been affected by a scandal allegedly involving the London school (see here for ETS story).
The Irish government removed accreditation from the English department of Eden College Dublin, of which Mr Hossain is director, in December. The college has no connection with the Eden School of English, Dublin. The decision was confirmed in February despite what was described as ‘a very strong appeal’ by school president and chair of the Eden board, former education minister Bat O’Keeffe. No reason has been given for the decision to remove accreditation but the college has been removed from the Irish government register of centres entitled to enrol non-EU students.
In a statement Mr Hossain confirmed that accreditation had been