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Pearson unveils new English assessment scale

Education giant Pearson has launched the Global Scale of English – a numeric measurement of English language proficiency. The company will begin introducing the GSE into its product lines worldwide over the next 18-24 months and aims to establish it as a universal benchmark for businesses, governments and academic institutions.

Mandarin, Arabic sought after by UK businesses

Foreign languages are in high demand among UK businesses, research has shown, with a particular increase in demand for employees with language skills that give businesses access to fast growing export markets, including Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. The CBI/Pearson survey uncovers that language learners wield some power in the jobs market.

Australia accepts Pearson, ETS exams for work visas

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently announced that it will accept Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and TOEFL iBT scores for a number of work visas from November 2014, including sub-classes relating to Temporary Graduates and Work and Holiday visa holders.

PTE Academic expands into Iraq, Nigeria

Pearson Test of English Academic is continuing its rapid global expansion with new test centres in Nigeria and Iraq, and has plans to open centres in 20 markets this year including Malaysia, Vietnam, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It will be working with a UK university in partnership overseas too.

Pearson signs US partner to expand Progression +

Pearson Education Group has announced that US-based World Education Group will be its point of contact for all learners who want to apply to US colleges and universities as it develops its Progression Plus service. Alongside the Degree Course Finder, the service promotes courses at partnering HEIs to Pearson's 1.7 million learners worldwide.

Pearson acquires ELT company in Brazil for £500m

Education giant Pearson has made a major acquisition in Brazil of an ELT business that spans several brands and serves 800,000 students. The acquisition of Grupo Multi for UK£500m will enable Pearson to leverage booming demand for ELT from the expanding middle classes, it said.

Pearson to host UK growth strategy panel

Stakeholders from the UK's English language teaching (ELT) industry will convene next week to discuss the UK's new growth strategy for international enrolments and its likely impact on the sector at an event hosted by education giant Pearson. The new industrial strategy includes exporting UK ELT standards as the global benchmark and promoting the UK as an English learning destination.