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ICEF Exchange podcast: What is next for online language learning?

“Online will be a component of the language travel sector moving forward. Whether before or after, or even during [face-to-face courses], I think it is here to stay.” – Jean-Marc Alberola

Our new podcast series continues today with a special panel discussion on the future of online language learning.

Earlier this year, the pandemic created a remarkable change in education services. Language schools, schools and institutions of all types were forced to suspend face-to-face teaching. Many made the switch to teacher-led online learning programmes almost overnight. 

Over the summer months, language schools in the UK, Canada, Australia, France, and other leading study destinations, will now begin to resume in-person instruction for the first time since the onset of COVID-19. 

So where does this leave us with respect to online delivery? Will schools continue to offer online programmes alongside face-to-face classes? And has the market now shifted to become more accepting of online courses?

Our special guests this week tackle these questions and many more: Jean-Marc Alberola, the president of Bridge Education Group in Denver; Hannah Lindsay, the Group Sales and Marketing Director & Deputy CEO with St Giles International in London; and Peter Lahiff, the academic director with Future Learning in Dublin. 

You can listen to the episode in the player below, and we encourage you to subscribe via your favourite podcast app in order to receive future episodes automatically. 

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