Record low learners at Languages Canada members in 2021

加拿大语言协会成员在2021年创低收录学生记录

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Languages Canada members have only around a third of the number of students they had pre-pandemic, a report has found, yet the sector shows optimism for recovery. The 2021 Annual Report on Language Education in Canada, provides a thorough understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on both the language education sector in Canada and on international students. The report found that in 2021, Languages Canada members enrolled 57,423 students – the lowest number since the association began collecting student data via the annual members’ survey in 2008 and a 12.4% decrease from the previous year. This figure is approximately one third of the number of students in 2019. Public sector members suffered the most with a 28.4% decrease from 2020 versus a 5% decrease in student numbers for private Languages Canada members. The report cites the cause for this as the ban on face-to-face learning for public colleges and universities and a lack of access to federal wage and rent subsidies. Despite this drop in numbers, Languages Canada is confident about the future of Canada’s language education sector as it emerged from 2021 with “optimism for recovery and growth into 2022”, citing the report as “a testament to the extraordinary resilience” of members. The report noted that Canada gained global market share in the English language travel sector over the pandemic, from 12% in 2019 to 17% in 2020 and experienced less decline in student numbers in 2021 than competitor markets – the UK, Australia and Ireland. In a statement, Languages Canada said “with most border restrictions and quarantine requirements eased by fall 2021, Canada is positioned as a top choice destination for English and French language students”. At the time of the survey, the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was still being felt throughout the international education industry. “Border reopening to international students in 2020 helped the sector to face smaller drops in student numbers” However, “Canada’s border reopening to international students in 2020 helped the sector to face smaller drops in student numbers”, according to Languages Canada. The report explored trends within Canada’s source markets and found a reordering of Canada’s top source markets. For Languages Canada members, for the first time in several years, Japan was the largest source country with 6,414 students enrolled, a 15.2% increase on the previous year. Colombia was second and was the market which showed the most impressive growth in the top five source countries with a 72% increase in student numbers over 2020, making it the first time it has been in the top five, with 6,247 students. Providers in Australia also saw some limited success in the Latin American country in 2020, with a 0.2% rise in students. However, later in the pandemic they recorded a 24.2% decline in new starts from Colombia. The top five in the latest Languages Canada report was completed by China with 6,030 enrolments, Mexico with 4,661 and Brazil with 4,326. Brazil dropped from second place in 2020 to fifth place in 2021, with student numbers decreasing by 44% from 2020 to 2021. Student numbers from China also decreased significantly by 32% from 2020 to 2021, as a result of restrictive travel policies. “Fortunately, many programs received government financial support and we were successful in lobbying for the easing of border restrictions by fall 2021,” executive director of Languages Canada, Gonzalo Peralta told The PIE. “This gave our members the best possible conditions we could hope for in an incredibly difficult context and they distinguished themselves through resilience and ingenuity.” According to the report, Languages Canada members most frequently cited visa processing delays and visa refusals as their biggest challenge. In June 2022, The PIE reported that the country was trying to process a back log of 2.1 million applications. The report is based on the responses of 189 members of Language Canada of which there are 216, an increase from 206 members in 2020.

报告指出,加拿大语言协会成员的学生人数只有疫情前的三分之一左右,但该行业人员对其复苏持有乐观的心态。
从《2021年加拿大语言教育年度报告》中,我们深入了解了新冠肺炎对加拿大语言教育部门和国际学生的影响。
该报告发现,在2021年,加拿大语言协会的成员招收了自2008年以来开始通过年度成员调查并收集学生数据以来的最低数字—57423名学生,这比前一年减少了12.4%。
这一数字约为2019年在校生人数的三分之一。
其中公共部门成员的数量从2020年起下降了28.4%,受影响最大,而加拿大私人语言成员的学生人数减少了5%。该报告指出造成这样的原因,即公立学院和大学禁止面对面学习,以及其成员缺乏获得联邦工资和租金补贴的机会。
尽管人数有所下降,但加拿大语言公司对加拿大语言教育部门的未来任然充满信心,因为公司对从2021年开始“到2022年的复苏和增长持乐观态度”,并称该报告是“证明成员们非凡的韧性的一种检测”。
该报告指出,在这场流行病中,加拿大在英语旅游行业获得的全球市场份额,从2019年的12%上升到2020年的17%,且2021年学生人数的下降幅度低于竞争对手如英国市场、澳大利亚市场和爱尔兰市场。
加拿大语言公司在一份声明中表示,“随着大多数边境限制和检疫要求在2021年秋季有所放松,加拿大被定位为英语和法语学生的首选目的地”。
在调查时,整个国际教育行业仍然感受到新冠肺炎疫情造成的干扰。
“2020年向国际学生重新开放边境有助于该行业面临学生人数较小的下降”
然而,据加拿大语言公司称,“在2020年,加拿大边境向国际学生重新开放,有助于该行业面临学生人数的较小的担忧减少”。
该报告探讨了加拿大客源市场的趋势,并发现加拿大顶级的客源市场的重新排序。
对于加拿大语言的成员而言,日本近几年来首次成为最大的来源国,招收了6414名学生,比前一年增加了15.2%。
其中哥伦比亚位居第二,并且是前五个来源国中增长最令人印象深刻的市场,2020年学生人数增长了72%,凭借有6247名学生该国首次进入前五名。
2020年,澳大利亚的提供商在这个拉丁美洲国家也取得了一些有限的成功,学生人数增加了0.2%。然而,在疫情的后期,他们统计了哥伦比亚的新开工量下降了24.2%。
在加拿大最新的语言报告中,排名前五的有中国,其注册人数为6030人,而墨西哥为4661人,巴西为4326人。
其中巴西从2020年的第二名下降到2021年的第五名,学生人数从2020年到2021年减少了44%。
由于限制性旅行政策,2020年至2021年,来自中国的学生人数也大幅下降了32%。
“幸运的是,许多项目得到了政府的财政支持,我们成功地游说到2021年秋季放松边境限制,”加拿大语言部执行主任贡萨洛·佩拉尔塔告诉PIE。
“这为我们的成员提供了在极其困难的背景下所希望的最佳条件,他们通过韧性和独创性脱颖而出。”
根据该报告,加拿大语言协会成员最常签提到证处理延迟和拒绝签证是他们最大的挑战。2022年6月,PIE报告称,该国正试图处理210万份申请的日志。
该报告基于加拿大语言协会189名成员的答复,其中216名成员,比2020年的206名成员有所增加。