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3.3% of visitors to Britain study ESL during stay

3.3% of visitors to Britain study ESL during stay

Some 1.1 million visitors to the UK took an English language course during their stay in 2013, spending more than £1.2bn in course fees, accommodation and other expenses, data from VisitBritain and the Office for National Statistics shows. Just 24% of visitors who took an English course said that study was the main purpose of their visit.

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Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.

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UK ELT sector mourns loss of Elizabeth Johnson

UK ELT sector mourns loss of Elizabeth Johnson

The UK ELT sector is saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Johnson, founder of English language course provider EJO (the Elizabeth Johnson Organisation) who died aged 92 while on a short trip to Vienna. She was also co-founder of FELCO and served as vice-president for FIYTO.

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