Double-digit growth for Australia’s foreign enrollment in 2018

In the recent edition of the ICEF Monitor Weekly Wednesday Highlights, there is an extensive article that talks about the ‘Double-Digit growth for Australia’s foreign enrollment in 2018. What is significant about the article is it points out how Australia’s enrollment has increased again by more than 10% over 2017.

This is an important article since it highlights a market that has not been as proactive about recruiting as it has been in the last few years. This is a ‘must read’ for students interested in studying ‘Down Under’

 

read the full article

US confirms increase in student visa fees

29 May 2019

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • US immigration officials have confirmed a 75% increase in visa fees for international students
  • A more modest increase will also apply to some exchange visitor categories
  • The new fees will come into effect on 24 June 2019

Continue reading

Keep Your Focus; English is Still the Lingua Franca

by Jimmy Cathey

In these unpredictable turbulent international times, it can be a challenge to figure out what’s really going on, let alone how to communicate in international communities. One country is disappointed with another while another threatens to bully another while yet another refuses to play by the international rules. How in the world are students expected to figure out what language is the lingua franca. Who cares!?

In spite of all the social chaos, political gobbledygook, economic shenanigans and deluge of plastic found everywhere it’s not supposed to be, English is still the lingua franca. This is not a hip hip hooray for English. Instead this is about getting on with the business of communication to build true global communities. Places where people have an opportunity to contribute to the healing process of this profound rupture in the true meaning of living and working together in global communities. Until something better or different comes along, there still are opportunities in English speaking countries to learn English from native speakers.

Take advantage of the opportunities. Do not let the few determine the outcomes and lifestyles of the many. Study English in and English speaking country.

It would be great to hear your take on this point of view; please leave a comment.

The crucial role of parents in international student recruitment and retention

17 Apr 2019

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • In many countries, parents play a key role in study abroad decisions, and part of the recruitment effort should include messaging that speaks to them and their concerns and hopes
  • Remember that parents’ priorities will differ according to where they live – conduct market research to ensure your communications will hit the right mark
  • Once students are enrolled, don’t forget about parents – they can be hugely influential in terms of retention

full story

The Best ESL Program For Your ESL Needs

By Jimmy Cathey

So many programs, so few letters to describe them. What’s it all mean? In the world of English language learning, you have EAP, ESL, EFL, EIL, SLA, SLL. Wow! What the L is going on!? So many acronyms, so few letters. Let’s make sense of this English learning alphabet soup before we get lost in the sauce.

In Second Language Learning, (SLL), there are different methods to help you reach your language fluency goal. Whether your goal is fluency at a conversational level, English for Academic (EAP) Purpose or business English, there is a program available for you. This post will help you make sense of the main programs of study available to students of all ages.

SLL – Second Language Learning

it’s all about learning a second language. There are a variety of different ways to learn a second language. Some people learn when they speak and listen to family members from ‘the old country’. Some learn on the job, others learn in a classroom setting or through some combination of classes and in the community. For the most part the goal is to gain a level of fluency. Second language learning is a process that can incorporate different methods and strategies which help you to meet your language fluency goal.

There are many reasons why people decide to learn English. Many learn for academic reasons. They what to attain a skill level necessary to pursue a program of study at a university in an English speaking country. This is the EAP of it all which we will discuss in detail later. For now, we will lay the groundwork for the variety of methods and strategies available to become fluent.

SLA – Second Language Acquisition

How do you learn a second language? Do you learn when you take a trip to a country to study their language? Online courses? Do you take formal classes or some combination of classes and online courses? Do you only depend on social media to be your teacher and tutor? SLA is about how you access a second language. Do you watch movies or TV programs and try to memorize the dialogue?

In the next series of articles, we will begin to peel back the layers and explore the differences and similarities between programs of study. For example, is there a difference between English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a foreign Language (EFL)? Where does English as an International Language (EIL) fit into the overall scheme? The nuts and bolts of the similarities and differences can help you get a better grasp on the influence and importance of second language learning.

Learning a foreign language takes time and practice. It is obvious when you listen to musicians who put in long hours of practice. The classical pianist might have studied some of the masters from the 18th century to learn various techniques. On the other hand, a great blues guitarist might have focused on the blues masters from the early 20th century America. In the final analysis both study and practice to become masters. Learning a second is no different. It takes practice. Moving forward, the goal is to answer some of the questions about which program is best for your language learning goals.

If you like this article, please follow this blog or leave a comment.

Promoting mental health on campus



27 Mar 2019

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • The following item is adapted from the 2018 edition of ICEF Insights magazine
  • It explores mental health challenges for international students and highlights some best practices for student support
  • full article

More About ESL Programs and Your ESL Needs

by Jimmy Cathey

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program of study you decide to enroll in will make a significant difference between success, feeling you might have wasted your time and effort, motivation to learn English and failure. To get things started we’ll talk about some of the popular programs available to students.

So many programs, so few letters. In the world of English language learning, you have ESL, EFL, EIL, SLA, SLL well, well, well. What the L is going on!? What does this all mean? So many acronyms, so few letters. Let’s make sense of the English alphabet soup before we get lost in the sauce.

In the world of Second Language Learning, (SLL), different ways to study and master a foreign language are available. In this case, we’re talking about English, so let’s makes sense of the variety of programs of study available to students of all ages.

SLL – Second Language Learning

it’s all about learning a second language. There are a variety of different ways to learn a second language. Some people learn when they speak and listen to family members from ‘the old country’. Some learn on a job while still others learn in a classroom setting or some combination of classes and in the community. For the most part, the goal is to gain a level of fluency in the target language. Second language learning is a process that can incorporate all the methods and strategies that help you to meet your language fluency goal.

There are different reasons why people decide to learn English. Many learn for academic reasons. They what to study a subject or have a skill in English so they can pursue a course of study at a university in an English speaking country. This is the EAP of it all which we will discuss in detail later. For now, we will lay the groundwork for the variety of methods and strategies to gain fluency in English.

SLA – Second Language Acquisition – How Do I Learn

How do you learn a second language? Do you learn when you take a trip to a country to study their language? Online courses? Do you take formal classes or some combination classes and online courses? Do you go only depend on social media to be your teacher and tutor? SLA is about how you access the second language. Do you watch movies or TV programs?

ESL – English as a Second Language

What’s it all about? You learn English as a second language. The approach, method and technique you use will depend on your end goal or objective. If you want to learn English in order to enjoy the arts, it might be enough to become proficient at a conversational level. Then you never need to deal with the ins and out of grammar. Lucky you! For instance, you could want to learn just enough Italian to follow the libretto if you are an opera aficionado.

On the other hand, if you plan to learn English for academic purposes, you are in for a completely different experience. This process can seem like a tedious, sometimes stressful task that might include a standardized test at the end. What an order! Whatever your goal, it helps to know how the various programs of study are different and what similarities exist between them. Check back for the next post about ESL programs of study. If you like what you are reading, tell a friend to check it out.

What ESL Program is Right For Your ESL Needs?

by Jimmy Cathey

The English as a Second Language program of study you decide to enroll in will make a significant difference between success, feeling you might have wasted your time and effort, motivation to learn English and failure. Coming up is a series of articles about ESL programs and how they are different.

 

Another double-digit growth for Canada, but diversity concerns raised


Canada registered another double-digit jump in study permit holders in 2018 with India driving growth and snatching the top position from China, recently-released IRCC figures show, but some stakeholders are now worried about diversity.


(Full Story)