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Seven language schools go in North America

A flurry of language school closures in North America demonstrates the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on the language travel industry.

Stafford House, owned by Chinese international school specialists Bright Scholar Education, has announced the planned closure of all four of its US language schools: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. It is believed its US boarding school, CATS academy, will remain open as will its six language schools in the UK and Canada.

Meanwhile, Global Village in Hawaii, part of the Canada-based group owned by its member schools is also closing, as is Global Village in Vancouver, which has also seen the demise of its inlingua centre.

Last year, Global Village Toronto was sold to the family-owned Irish Group CES. The Global Village English centres in Victoria and Calgary, which are separately owned, remain trading.

Two education groups in New Zealand have also closed language centres. ICL has closed a small school in Napier, while CCEL has closed its Auckland campus.

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Matt Salusbury
Matt Salusbury
MATT SALUSBURY, news editor and journalist, has worked for EL Gazette since 2007. He is also joint Chair of the London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists and co-edits its newsletter, the Freelance. He taught English language for 15 years in the Netherlands, in Turkey, in a North London further education college and now as an English for Academic Purposes tutor, most recently at the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Dutch.
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