Agencies recruiting students from 48 countries worldwide attended the IALC 2014 Brisbane Workshop from 10 to 13 April, meeting IALC accredited language schools from 21 countries.
The keynote seminar was an industry panel discussing the future of online booking in the language travel industry moderated by Bridge President, Jean-Marc Alberola. The panel of experts comprised EducationHify Founder Mauricio Pucci, ICEF Vice President Rod Hearps, GLS Managing Director Barbara Jaeschke and Mark Lucas, MD of iae GLOBAL Network.
To meet the needs of the business owners and senior managers who attend the workshop, IALC also ran seminars on management topics. Adam Wright, Principal of Langports Gold Coast, presented Making a difference in the professional development of academic staff, while Hauke Tallon, Managing Director of the London School of English, presented Reward for results: How effective are incentive schemes?
Seminars aimed specifically at agents included Australia as a study destination by Helen Cox (SACE Colleges) and Robynne Walsh (Phoenix Language Academy), and an introduction to New Zealand with a culinary flavour by Darren Conway (Languages International).
During the workshop, IALC formally welcomed the 13 new members who joined IALC in the last year: Cairns College of English (Australia); Global Village Calgary, Global Village Toronto, Global Village Vancouver and Global Village Victoria (Canada); LTL Mandarin School in Beijing (China); Estudio Sampere Havana (Cuba); Instituto de Idiomas Ibiza and Clic in Seville and Cadiz (Spain); Studio Cambridge and Excel English in London (UK) and Global Village Hawaii (US).
The first IALC Workshop in Australia was hosted by Langports English Language College. Owner John France with his family and the Langports team organised a colourful party on the Friday evening to showcase Aboriginal culture and Queensland wildlife at the Langports Brisbane campus.
The Gala Dinner on Saturday saw the results of the silent auction for the benefit of educational charity Yalari. During the evening, newly elected IALC President, Celestine Rowland of Galway Cultural Institute, unveiled the new IALC corporate identity and announced the two new IALC Executive Board members: Stefan Adenet-Kaven, Secretary/Treasurer and Giorgia Biccelli, Vice President - Quality Assurance.