Iconic Bondi Beach today plays host to the Biggest English Lesson in the World, where over 3000 international students are taking part in a one-hour, outdoor live English lesson in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.
This event is a fun and creative way to highlight the importance of learning English language skills for the growing numbers of international students in Australia.
International education makes a fantastic contribution to Australian society, culture, and our international standing by providing opportunities for people to experience different languages and cultures.
For many international students, English language study is their first Australian education experience and one that we know can make a huge difference to their future careers.
Our international education sector is thriving and the government will soon be releasing the National Strategy for International Education which will outline our plans to ensure this growth continues.
International education is one of Australia’s top services exports and is one of five key growth areas for the Australian economy into the future.
Export income from education services was $19.65 billion in 2015, an increase of 11.5 per cent since 2014, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.
Australia’s education system has a global reputation for quality and is ranked third most popular destination for international students after the US and UK.
The Government understands the importance of a global education for today’s students and we are committed to supporting an industry that equips students with the skills they need to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
Global business increasingly requires employees to have English language proficiency so it’s a vital part of an international students study programme.
English Australia, the organisers of this event, and the many participating partners and sponsors know that gaining high quality abilities in the English language opens up a wide range of learning pathways to further study.
I’d like to congratulate English Australia and StudyNSW for taking to initiative to organise the Biggest English Lesson and I thank the sponsors of today’s event for their support.