Student enrolments on English language courses in Australia rose to a record high last year, the latest statistics from English Australia have shown, but a significant drop from Europe slowed growth compared to previous years.
English Australia and English USA, the representative bodies for the English language teaching sectors in each country, have both appointed new executive leaders. Cheryl Delk Le-Good and Brett Blacker spoke with The PIE News about their new roles.
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.
Year to Date statistics from Australia show a 17% rise in student visa applications for ELICOS programmes and a 15% increase for higher education, the sector's best performance since peak year 2009. Stakeholders are confident the numbers point to a return-to-growth trend.
English Australia has become the latest education organisation to launch an agency partner scheme as part of a trend in ELT markets globally to champion quality agents to both sector players and students.