OTTAWA, August 18, 2017 - Canada’s language education sector grew by an estimated four percent in 2016, a trend that is expected to continue into 2017. This is based on data collected via the Languages Canada 2016 Annual Survey, conducted in March 2017. All of Languages Canada’s 222 member programs completed surveys to create a report that provides essential insights into the state of the language education sector in Canada. Languages Canada members represent approximately 80% of English and French language education programs in Canada; the annual survey tells a story that is indicative of trends across the broader sector.
OTTAWA – July 7, 2017 – More than 9,000 international language students from around the world will celebrate Canada - their chosen study destination - during World Student Day today. They will take a short break from their English or French studies to take part in sports and cultural activities, connect with fellow students and share their experiences as language students in Canada.
On June 5th, 2017, in Ottawa, Languages Canada and the Ministry of Education of the Mexican State of Guanajuato signed a cooperation agreement to formalize and expand collaboration in English and French language education.
The signing took place in conjunction with a visit to Ottawa by the Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Guanajuato, Mr. Eusebio Vega Pérez, accompanied by senior representatives of EDUCAFIN - the state agency responsible for administering programming and funding on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
Representatives included Mr. Jorge García, President of the Governing Council of EDUCAFIN, Jorge Hernandez, Director of EDUCAFIN, and Guadalupe Cruz, International Office Coordinator of EDUCAFIN.
From June 8 to 10, 2017, TESL Canada will hold its conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Representing Languages Canada is Julian Inglis, Chair of the QA Committee, who will give a presentation untitled “Unpacking Quality Assurance: It’s Bigger on the Inside”. He will speak about the common misconceptions around accreditation and membership within the association. Below is a synopsis of his presentation.
Jim Clark, CEO of SMRT English and Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada will co-present at the BCCIE Summer Conference on Monday June 19. The presentation, entitled “Language Policy, Technology and Learning”, will explore the impact of technology on pedagogy, distribution channels, and government policy.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Lindsey to the Languages Canada team as Director of International Affairs and Operation. She brings to the role 15 years of experience in international education, development and trade, primarily with Universities Canada, as well as Global Affairs Canada.
As Director of International Affairs and Operations Rachel will oversee all endeavours in international relations and marketing for the association. She will also be responsible for operations including human resources and project management and coordination.
Ottawa, April 28, 2017 - This year, Languages Canada represented the Canadian language education sector at ICEF Vancouver from April 23rd to 25th. Agents attended the seminar “Quality Assurance in Language Education in Canada” presented by Charbel Moreno, Manager, International Affairs and Marketing. The Canada Course for Education Agents was also presented.
OTTAWA, ON – April 19, 2017 – Languages Canada is pleased to announce that Renato Medeiros da Fonseca Jr., recipient of the second Languages Canada IsM (Idiomas sim Fronteiras) Scholarship has arrived in Peterborough, Ontario where he will spend a month with Trent-ESL conducting research on their English for Academic purposes program. Renato is an English language instructor at Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Brazil.
Vancouver, March 30, 2017 - As you may be aware, there have been some substantial developments with the schools under KGIC Inc. (formerly known as the Loyalist Group). You will find a link to the press release announcing the completion of the purchase of KGIC assets by CIBT Education Group Inc. The transaction closed on March 29, 2017. We are pleased that Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) will assume the teach-out responsibilities of the students at PGIC, KGIC and SEC as well as honouring the commitments of the future students of Cornerstone Academic College which was closed by the Receiver on February 28th.
Ottawa, March 21, 2017 - Languages Canada signed an agreement with the State of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil, whereby both sides declared their intent to cooperate to promote English language learning. The contracts include the commitment from both sides to collaborate on joint internationalization programs and to foster closer ties between Canadian and Brazilian students, educators, and institutions.
Ottawa, March 17, 2017 - This year, Languages Canada says goodbye to two longstanding board members as they complete several successive terms on the Languages Canada Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Through their varied roles, they have contributed immensely to the success of our association, helping to advance public and private sector interests and bring more visibility to the Canadian English and French language education sector.
Vancouver, March 16, 2017 - LC staff has been working with the transition team from CIBT as well as Ontario and BC government ministries that the language schools fall under and are pleased at the final outcome. We are pleased that Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) will assume the teach-out responsibilities of the students at PGIC, KGIC and SEC as well as honouring the commitments of the future students of Cornerstone Academic College which was closed by the Receiver on February 28th.
Ottawa, March 15, 2017 - Languages Canada is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Cath D’Amico (Trent University – ESL Program) as President of Languages Canada. LC also welcomes three new members to both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors: Biba Fakhouri (Université de Montréal) as Vice-President, David Matthews (ILSC Language Schools – Vancouver) as Treasurer, and Gary Gervais (Heartland International English).
Quebec, March 1, 2017 -- From February 26 to March 1, 2017, Languages Canada, held its 10th annual conference at the Fairmont Château Frontenac in beautiful Quebec City. Our conference provided the opportunity to come together to hear the voices of our valued member programs. It is a time when we review and reflect on the past year and plan for the future. Over 160 delegates, including LC member representatives, stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and international education service providers attended the event.
Ottawa, March 3, 2017– On February 28, 2017, the receiver in charge of Cornerstone Language School decided to end the school’s operations. Since the problem arose, Languages Canada, its members and employees have been hard at work to minimize any inconvenience that students may suffer.
Quebec City, February 27, 2017 – Canada’s largest language education association, Languages Canada, and Sentio, Global Education Network, a subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities, are proud to announce a mutually beneficial partnership.
ITALY, January 30 – February 1, 2017: Languages Canada brought fifteen members – representing Universities, Colleges, and private sector language programs – to Milan, Italy to meet with nearly 30 agencies representing Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland and Slovakia. During the event, participating members had the opportunity to meet with Trade Commissioner Paola Bucalossi and Immigration officer Sarah Erlichman of the Embassy of Canada to Rome, who delivered a valuable presentation about the Italian market and business opportunities for Canadian institutions. Members also had the option of joining a tour to meet with local universities following the official trade mission activities.
COLOMBIA, November 21-23, 2016 - Languages Canada brought 15 members – representing universities, colleges, and private sector language programs – to Bogotá, Colombia to meet with nearly 30 agencies representing Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama. At the opening reception, participating members had the opportunity to meet with Donald Bobiash, Ambassador of Canada to Colombia, as well as representatives from local universities and institutions who are involved in internationalization of language education. Members also had the option of joining a city tour following the official trade mission activities.
BOSTON, MA (USA) November 21, 2016 - Languages Canada, in cooperation with la Délégation du Québec à Boston, participated at the 2016 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) from November 18 to 20.
OTTAWA, November 17, 2016 - The final report for the 2nd Canada-Brazil Language, Education, and Workforce Forum held in São Paulo, Brazil on March 21-22, 2016 is now available. The report is available in English, French and Portuguese.