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May 17, 2004

Big Money in Online Eikaiwa

On Friday, The Daily Yomiuri ran an article about companies providing online English lessons, including one low-cost operation whose teachers are based in the Philippines, which has the third-largest English speaking population in the world. Students with the Osaka-based Fourhalf can study up to about 35 hours a month, for a monthly payment of just ¥4,000. Most online schools have an enrollment fee and charge ¥2,500-6,000 per private lesson or ¥1,500-2,600 per group lesson. Companies such as ECC and Global Communications are part of a rapidly growing market: "According to a 2003-04 e-learning white paper prepared by the Advanced Learning Infrastructure Consortium, the e-learning market involving language schools will be worth 10.6 billion yen in fiscal 2004, and its value will increase to 30.9 billion yen in fiscal 2010."
Online lessons feature Philippine teachers (link will expire)

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