English language providers in Ireland are enjoying a boom in numbers, as anecdotal reports from Marketing English in Ireland show 2015 is set to be a year of growth, after a 3% fall in student numbers last year.
The Irish government will introduce an interim list of approved providers further restricting the number of programmes that can be used for visa purposes after its deferral in January. Institutions must meet the requirements by October this year to be included.
The number of adult students coming to Ireland to study English dropped significantly in 2014, according to a new report by Marketing English in Ireland. A strong performance in the junior market, however, helped soften the blow.
Ireland's ELT industry body Marketing English in Ireland is set to introduce strict due diligence procedures for new members and tighten its learner protection policy in a membership criteria overhaul following a ninth school closure this month.
The Business and Computer Training Institute in Dublin has become Ireland's sixth private college to close its doors. With the exception of the disruption the closure brings to genuine students, sector stakeholders have reacted positively to the closure as a way of weeding out bogus operators.