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September 2017

Students staying longer in the Land of Oz


Last year was the ‘largest ever recorded’ for the ELT industry in Australia, English Australia figures reveal. While student numbers have registered just a modest two per cent growth, student weeks are increasing, with students spending on average one week longer Down Under than in 2015.

Asia dominates the figures, representing more than 60 per cent of all market volume. However, other regions showed a more impressive growth in student weeks: 28 per cent from the Americas and 15 per cent from Europe, which recovered after ‘several years of decline’.

In terms of source countries, China holds the pole position with 22 per cent of the market share.

And while India slipped from 8th to 10th position, Italy, the only European country in the top 10, climbed from 10th to 9th.

English language teaching centres attached to VET (further education) organisations dominate the industry, followed by university language centres. The economic impact of the industry was calculated at $2.258 billion, up 8 per cent from 2015.

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