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 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.
Education First (EF) will carry out English language tests across the state-school sector in Ecuador as a part of an agreement signed between the Ministry of Education and the multinational company in November, El Comercio reported.
Rachel Baker, an academic advisor at EF, explained that the test will be taken between December and March by 500,000 students via the internet.
Three overseas-owned summer operations passed British Council inspections this summer, increasing the total of such organisations by over 10 per cent. All three previously traded as unaccredited schools, which under EU rules are unable to bring in students from outside the European Economic Area. The move to accreditation may have more to do with immigration rules than Brexit, as all inspection requests would have to have been made months before the UK referendum.
Just under 5 per cent of schools inspected by the British Council are owned wholly or partially by language travel agents, according to Council reports. On average, agent-owned schools are awarded 1.75 areas of strength, less than half the average for the accredited sector as a whole, though two – Magnifico Travel and Anglo, previously International Quest – are in the top 20 per cent, based on inspection reports. A further six agent-owned schools are accredited by ABLS, a third of the total in this scheme.
The two newly accredited agent-owned schools, Go-languages, owned by the Italian agency MLA, and Europartners, owned by Walter Beyer of Badd Wuennenberg, Germany, enrol almost entirely from their local markets, while Alpadia, owned by the Swiss course organisers of the same name, enrol largely from the EEA.
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