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 New analysis projects strong growth in global language learning with digital a key driver

New analysis projects strong growth in global language learning with digital a key driver

New analysis from the global market intelligence platform HolonIQ projects a “U-shaped recovery” for offline and blended language learning through 2025. But the forecast also anticipates that direct-to-consumer...

 New Zealand signals that border closures will remain in place into 2022

New Zealand signals that border closures will remain in place into 2022

The New Zealand government has announced that borders will likely remain closed, for the most part, to international students in 2021, as it continues to pursue its COVID...

 Canada’s language school enrolments down by 56% in 2020; “incremental recovery” anticipated this year

Canada’s language school enrolments down by 56% in 2020; “incremental recovery” anticipated this year

Canada’s language training centres hosted 56% fewer international students in 2020. Total student weeks were down by 49%, but the average length of stay increased by 16% to...

 International enrolments in US ELT fell by 50% in 2020

International enrolments in US ELT fell by 50% in 2020

International enrolment in Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) in the US fell by 50% in 2020 compared with 2019, and student weeks by 51%, according to the new data...

 UK ELT reports “devastating” 2020 results but recovery by late-2022 is still the target

UK ELT reports “devastating” 2020 results but recovery by late-2022 is still the target

Student weeks were down by 71% and the number of students plummeted by 84% in English language schools in the UK in 2020, according to the latest data...

Test sharing data provides an interesting window into student choice

With normal English proficiency testing cycles badly disrupted during the pandemic, many admissions offices have necessarily become a lot more flexible around English language testing over the past...

UK’s first Green List for summer travel leaves out key student markets

With summer around the corner, governments everywhere are balancing the urgency of reviving their tourism and trade sectors with preventing yet another COVID infection wave. Several countries are...

Australia: Large-scale return of international students not expected until 2022

Editor’s note: Shortly after this item was originally published, the Australian government indicated there could be a further delay for the large-scale return of international students. In its...

Ireland reports a 73% drop in ELT students in 2020

The pandemic has badly disrupted enrolment in Ireland’s English-language schools, just as it has in all major ELT destinations. The number of international students enrolled in Irish English-language...

Malta: An 80% drop in ELT students but strong vaccination rollout could help spur recovery

Pre-COVID, Malta’s tourism industry had grown to compose roughly 27% of the national economy, and the English language teaching industry contributes a significant portion of those revenues. In...

Spanish language travel sector calls for government support

A recent statement from the Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FEDELE) illustrates the pandemic’s impact on language schools in Spain. FEDELE estimates...

EC closing locations in four countries, including all centres in Australia and New Zealand

Leading ELT chain EC English Language Centres announced today that it will close its schools in New Zealand and Australia along with selected centres in the UK and...

Latest data release measures pandemic’s impact on Australia’s ELICOS sector in 2020

English Australia recently released updated data for the country’s ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students). The findings rely on the most recent student visa data...

UK ELT providers revise outlook for sectoral recovery to 2022

English-language schools in the UK lost more than £590 million in 2020 as a result of COVID restrictions and laid off more than 50% of staff, according to...

ETS launching a new TOEFL exam this year

With testing and admissions cycles so badly disrupted this year, many universities and colleges have had to become a lot more flexible around English language testing. Some have...