With a response rate of 100% among LC’s members, the survey gives a comprehensive snapshot of the language teaching industry in Canada.
“We finally surpassed the level from 2013/2014..it’s good to see us back on track”
Last year, a total of 149,379 students were enrolled in a Language Canada member programs – this is an increase of about 10% since 2016.
However, if controlled for the slight decrease in the membership count – 217 programs, compared to 220 in 2016 – the growth is closer to 12%.
“It’s a very healthy growth from last year,” Languages Canada executive director Gonzalo Peralta told The PIE News.
“We finally surpassed the level from 2013/2014 – we really suffered for some years as a result of government policies, it’s good to see us back on track.”
While the number of total students weeks increased to 1.6 million, the average length of stay decreased– on average, students spent 10.8 weeks studying languages in Canada, a downward trend from the 11.1 weeks in 2016 and 11.8 in 2015. There was a difference between private sector and public sector programs, reporting average stays of 9.5 and 15.3 weeks, but decreases were reported from across the membership.
The association has focused its business development activities on Brazil, China, Colombia and Vietnam in 2015/16, adding Mexico, Italy and Eastern Europe in 2017. It has identified China, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Colombia and Turkey as the top countries of interest for future marketing and business development activities.