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Chinese students ‘reluctant to travel for English classes’

Australia must provide more opportunities for Chinese students to enrol in intensive English language courses or risk losing its share of an education market worth around $7 billion, a national report has warned.

The report says Australia is the second most popular destination, after the United States, for Chinese students travelling abroad to learn English. However, this is threatened by increased competition from English language schools being set up in China and a “boom” in online language courses.

English Australia, the main organisation for English language teaching for international students, says 25.8 million Chinese people learned English online in 2017 and that the market has grown at an annual rate of 20 per cent over the past decade.

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