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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.
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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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