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December 03, 2013

Brazil | Business

Pearson buys Brazil's top ELT school for $720m

grupo-multi.jpgPearson continues its global expansion with the acquisition of Brazil's leading adult English language training company.

British media and education group Pearson has agreed to buy Grupo Multi, the largest provider of adult English language training in Brazil, as it invests more in its global education business.

The owner of the Financial Times newspaper will pay 440 million pounds ($720 million) in cash and will take on 65 million pounds of debt from the Martins family and investment firm Kinea.

Pearson Chief Executive John Fallon is reorganising the company to concentrate on fast-growing economies and digital services, rather than Europe and North America, where austerity measures have hit public spending.

Brazil is the fourth-largest English language market in the world, worth 2 billion pounds per year. Demand for English speakers in the tourism and hospitality sectors is expected to rise as the country prepares to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

"Brazilians' appetite for learning English as a global language of business and trade shows every sign of continuing to grow rapidly as Brazil becomes a global player in commerce, travel and a host of other industries," Fallon said in a statement.

Read the full article from Reuters.
Press release from Pearson.

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September 25, 2013

Costa Rica | South America

When should an ESL teacher come to Costa Rica?

teach-English-in-Costa-Rica.jpgIn his latest article about teaching English in Costa Rica, Andrew Woodbury offers some advice on the best time of year to head there.

The reasons a person decides to move abroad to teach English in Costa Rica are many. For some it’s a gap year after university. For others it’s a first step in retirement. Others simply like the idea of escaping the cold winds of winter for a few months. Whatever the motive, the time of year that you decide to take the leap to Costa Rica should ultimately depend on what end you expect for yourself once here.

Just like there are high and low seasons for tourism, the ESL industry in Costa Rica also has points that are much busier than others. These are the end of January and the beginning of July.

The end of January is when everything has finally settled down after the Christmas/New Years break. In Costa Rica, and all of Latin America for that matter, Christmas can be considered a five month affair. With Independence Day in Costa Rica on September 15th, as soon as the 16th you can see Christmas decorations going up in stores and homes across the country. Without a significant holiday between Independence Day and Christmas, the festive anticipation ramps up very early.

With the entire country essentially shutting down for all of December, the ESL market goes with it. It takes until the end of January for people to settle back in but, once they do, the market takes off. The third week of January means back to business and everyone brings their New Year’s resolutions of learning a new language with them. This peak goes strong until April, when the surge is interrupted by another significant holiday: Semana Santa.

Read the full article from The Costa Rican Times.

Read the ELT News guide to living and teaching English in Costa Rica.

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September 13, 2013

Events | Brazil

English language learning project for World Cup kicks off

teach-English-in-Brazil.jpgA new English language learning project will help prepare young people in Brazil for the world of work and encourage them to become volunteers to help tourists during the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The initiative is part of a collaboration between PlugMinas (Centre for Formation and Digital Experimentation), the Government of the State of Minas Gerais, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cultura Inglesa (educational institution in Belo Horizonte). The project also has support from SECOPA MG (Special Secretariat for the World Cup) as part of its programme of social inclusion.

As part of the project Cambridge English exams will be taken by participants of a language course offered by the Cultura Inglesa. The students, aged between 14 and 24, are all current or former students from public municipal and state schools or colleges.

Rone Costa, Development Manager of Cambridge English Language Assessment in Brazil said:

“We support this project, as a good knowledge of English will certainly help these students both in preparing for the world of work, as well as communicating with the thousands of football fans from all over the world, who will come to Brazil in 2014.”

The project got underway earlier this year when a group of 60 students were selected to participate in the preparation course for the exam Cambridge English: Key.

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August 12, 2013

Uruguay | Chile | Argentina | Publishing

Cambridge English take anniversary celebrations to South America

cambridge-english-south-america.jpgCambridge English Language Assessment recently posted about a series of events held in South America to mark its centennial.

A series of events were held across South America in May to celebrate 100 years of Cambridge English exams. The events in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay highlighted the important part exam centres and key individuals in the region have played in the Cambridge English story.

The British Ambassadors for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were guests of honour at VIP receptions in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Montevideo – with around 100 guests attending each event. The series of events also saw a regional meeting of Centre Exams Managers in Buenos Aires, with representatives from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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August 08, 2013

South America | Events

Upcoming events in Latin America

latin-america.jpgAugust Academic Saturday "Back to School", Mexico City MEXTESOL local chapter
Date: August 31, 2013
Location: Instituto Progreso y Esperanza (Av. 5 No. 89 Col. Granjas San Antonio, Del. Iztapalapa), Mexico City
For further details, please check the Mexico City MEXTESOL Facebook profile or e-mail Bertha Gpe. Paulo Guerrero, Secretary-Treasurer, Mexico City MEXTESOL. Click here for a map or click here to register.

Panama Annual TESOL Congress
Panama TESOL is holding its Annual Congress on September 20-22 in Panama City. The theme of the congress is "Bridging Language, Heritage, and Culture".
Date: September 20-22, 2013
Location: Universidad Latina de Panama, Panama City
More information is available at the Panama TESOL website or by writing to Joanne Pyra or Joel Alvarez.

48th ASOCOPI Annual Conference, Bogotá, Colombia
The Colombian Association of Teachers of English - ASOCOPI, is pleased to invite professionals and college students in the area of English language teaching to attend the upcoming 48th ASOCOPI Annual Conference "ELT and Culture: Conceptual and Practical Perspectives".
Date: October 10-12, 2013
Location: Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá
For further details, please contact organizers through the ASOCOPI website or by e-mail.
Contact: Melba Libia Cárdenas B.
ASOCOPI Secretary, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Phone: (57 1) 2115018 

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July 18, 2013

Chile | Events | Teacher Development

ELTeach aiming to boost teacher confidence in Chile

elteach-logo.jpgELTeach - a new teacher training and assessment initiative launched by Cengage Learning and ETS - will be the focus of a seminar for English language teachers in Chile next month. The 2nd Academic Seminar - Teaching with Confidence event will be held August 10, 2013 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, Santiago.

The seminar will feature presenters Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor; Mary Jane Abrahams, Director TESOL CHILE; and Richard J. Tannenbaum, Ph.D., Senior Research Director for the Center for Validity Research, Research & Development, ETS.

The event is co-organized by local partner Seminarium Certificación. For more information or to register, get in touch by phone: (562) 2490-26-10/2490-26-15 or email.

Run by Cengage Learning, ELTeach is an online, integrated Professional Development, Assessment, and Certificate program, supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments. Pilots program have been run in over a dozen countries worldwide in 2012-13, making it one of the biggest teacher training projects done on a global scale in the ELT industry. With more than 6,000 teachers involved, it's a significant move into the teacher training and assessment space by Cengage and ETS. Implementation programs are beginning now in several countries.

ETS is the company that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million TOEFL, TOEIC, and GRE tests annually in more than 180 countries.

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