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IALC on learning French in France

IALC on learning French in France

Factsheet: marketing French in France

IALC Research shows that demand for French is growing in of Europe and Latin America. The IALC Study Travel Research Report 2015 shows that 65% of agents surveyed are promoting French language courses. The preferred programmes are Adult programmes, but agents also reported strong demand for junior courses.
In this article we look at reasons to learn French, France as a popular tourism destination and language schools in France.
Learn Italian in Italy with Accademia Italiana.

Learn Italian in Italy with Accademia Italiana.

Why students learn Italian

You may be surprised to find out that Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world, but indeed it is. Ahead of Chinese, Japanese and German, Italian confirmed to be one of the most loved languages by foreigners. How to explain this success? We have interviewed some of our students, of different ages and nationalities, and here it is a list of the main reasons why they study Italian.

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Jose de la Vina, Marketing Coordinator, Click Sevilla

Jose de la Vina, Marketing Coordinator, Click Sevilla

9 things you should know about Spanish

There is a trend these days about people learning a second and in some cases a third language. What statistic shows is that the second language learned by the vast majority is Spanish. Here are some facts to explain why Spanish has increase its demand in the previous years and will continue with this tendency in the following:

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Munezai Yo, School Administrative Director, Kai Japanese Language School

Munezai Yo, School Administrative Director, Kai Japanese Language School

Who studies Japanese and why?

Asians tend to aim for higher education while Westerners are more interested in culture.

Even though a majority of Asians study Japanese language in order to enter Japanese universities, many Westerners’ main intention is to experience Japan itself, often without particular strong plans for the future. Read more

Marine Colliot apprends le Chinois avec LTL

Marine Colliot apprends le Chinois avec LTL

Ma première semaine à Pékin pour apprendre le Chinois

Je m’appelle Marine Colliot et je suis étudiante en Langues Étrangères Appliquées en anglais et chinois à l’Université Occidentale de Brest, France. J’étudie le chinois depuis le lycée et c’est une langue qui m’attire depuis mon plus jeune âge, grâce à des amis de ma famille qui nous faisaient part de leurs fréquents voyages en Chine. J’ai eu l’occasion de débuter mes études du mandarin au lycée et ce cours m’a tellement plu que j’ai décidé de continuer à l’université. Me voilà maintenant en troisième année de licence et afin d’approfondir mon apprentissage avant de commencer un master, j’ai décidé de partir en Chine et participer à des cours de chinois à Pékin avec l’école de chinois LTL Mandarin School.

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Priscilla Hoor, Director of Studies, alpha.b Institut Linguistique

Priscilla Hoor, Director of Studies, alpha.b Institut Linguistique

Why should students learn French?

10 different answers to this crucial question… and a bonus answer! Read more

Timothy Blake, CEO, The London School of English

Timothy Blake, CEO, The London School of English

Is learning the accent necessary when learning a language?

In June 2014, The London School of English took part in the television programme Headline London. CEO, Timothy Blake, sat in a live debate about accents.

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Laura Stamps, Trainer, The London School of English

Laura Stamps, Trainer, The London School of English

From Brazinglish to English

Have you been learning English for many years but still get the impression that your English is a little, well, Brazilian?  In this article I’ll give you a rundown of the most typical errors made by my Brazilian English language students.  I can almost guarantee that you will have made at least some of these errors in the process of learning English… perhaps you’re still making them!  I can also guarantee that your English will improve if you can manage to iron them out, as we say.

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Laura Stamps, Trainer, The London School of English

Laura Stamps, Trainer, The London School of English

7 reasons why speaking a language is the best way to learn it

Why come to a language school to learn English?  These days there are so many amazing apps, self-study materials and online courses for learning English that you may begin to ask yourself this question.  Well, in fact everything we know about learning a language suggests that the most effective learning still happens face-to-face.  This is why location-based learning is the best. Read more

Ian Hayden, Business Development Manager, Mandarin House

Ian Hayden, Business Development Manager, Mandarin House

It’s not that hard to learn Mandarin – the tones

Mandarin learners tend to separate into two opposing groups:

  • Group A, or those who think that learning Mandarin is impossibly difficult and akin to scaling Everest naked or flying to Mars in a paper aero plane
  • Group B, who argue that Mandarin is much more like running a 20 minute mile, most people are more than capable of doing it

As a Mandarin learner and as a former language teacher, I find myself split between these two groups.  Read more

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Members of IALC share their insights on the language travel industry. Contributors are owners, directors, managers, teachers or administrative staff of IALC-accredited language schools worldwide.

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IALC 2017 Workshop in Boston Massachusetts, USA - 23-26 March 2017

IALC 2017 Boston
Dates: 23-26 March 2017
Location: Boston, USA
Educators: IALC-accredited language schools worldwide
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IALC Study Travel Research Report 2016

Trends in the demand for foreign languages
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IALC Study Travel Research Report 2015

Perceptions of independent and boutique chain schools in language travel
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