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Wall Street Institute is the premier source for English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Utilizing both company–owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of 190,000 people across its nearly 450 centers in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The first Wall Street Institute centers opened in Italy in 1972. Those first centers revolutionized English language education by introducing the Wall Street Institute Method. The Wall Street Institute Method is a practical and results-oriented way of learning to communicate effectively in English. It is a modular and highly flexible system, where learners are closely supported and encouraged.  The Wall Street Institute method’s adaptive mixture of learning modes and approaches enables everyone to succeed, whatever their preferred learning style or previous experience of learning.

Those first Italian centers were very successful, and within two years 24 new centers opened across Italy. At that time, all language education entities were run like traditional schools. Wall Street Institute approached language education like a business, and created a successful business model that focused on aggressive sales and marketing to drive revenue. By 1979, there were over 48 centers spread throughout Italy.

In 1983, Wall Street Institute expanded outside of Italy, and by the late 1980s Wall Street Institute was well established across Europe. Expansion continued through the early 1990s, when centers were opened Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela. Beginning in the late nineties, Wall Street Institute expanded into the Middle East and then to Asia, which has grown to be a significant part of the business.

Wall Street Institute has established itself as an expert in the industry. In 2007, Wall Street Institute conducted a study with the support of University of Cambridge ESOL. Wall Street Institute successfully proved that its English language courses are aligned to the globally recognized and respected Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) English Proficiency Scales.

In 1997, Wall Street Institute was purchased by Sylvan Learning Systems. In 2005, Wall Street Institute was acquired by the global private equity firm The Carlyle Group. In 2010, the company was acquired by Pearson, the global education and information company.  Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing. Pearson has 37,000 employees based in more than 60 countries around the world. Pearson is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO) and in 2009 had sales of £5,624m and operating profit of £858m.

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