Articles by: Orlando Forbes

Author Biography:

Orlando Forbes is a union rep and ELICOS teacher. He is currently a project officer with the Independent Education Union (IEU VicTas), working on a project to organise the ELICOS sector. He has an interest and research background in sustainable, quality and equitable education and lifelong learning.

‘We’ve Been Sick for a While…’: English Language Education Industry’s Problems Run Deeper than COVID-19

Many have made the case that the COVID-19 pandemic poses an existential threat to English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and therefore to these jobs, students and institutions. Although this is nominally true, the crisis has revealed the unsustainable and unethical business practices on which ELICOS colleges have always depended.