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Rethink business models for India, experts counsel

Rethinking business models with a focus on smaller margins but bigger scale is essential for businesses keen to work in India and help cater to the burgeoning demand for English and skills training, experts and stakeholders recommended at a British Council-organised English Partnerships Forum last week on English Skills for Employability.

ELT MOOC proves FutureLearn’s most popular

The English language-focused MOOC has been the singularly most popular online programme offered by UK platform, FutureLearn, which has shared with The PIE News information about who signed up for the course. Meanwhile, Australia's own ELT MOOC also suggests massive demand for online ELT.

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.

EF moves into testing with free online exam

EF Education First, one of the world's largest English language training providers, has announced it will move into standardised testing with the launch of a free online exam that aims to rival established testing brands including TOEFL and IELTS due to its scope and accessibility.

Portugal: national accreditation scheme for PLE centres

The Portuguese government has begun a project to accredit private portuguese langauge schools through Instituto Camões. It will give accredited Portuguese as a foreign language (PLE) permission to use its logo on promotional material, promote them on its website and provide best practices guides for teachers.