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Wall Street Institute Creates New Virtual Community Connecting Students Around the World to Help Them Learn English

Wall Street Institute Creates New Virtual Community Connecting Students Around the World to Help Them Learn English

BALTIMORE, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Wall Street Institute, the world's premier provider of English language instruction, has launched an exciting new online community linking over 380,000 ESL students and alumni in 26 countries around the world. "The Village" is a unique virtual community that will allow students to practice their English language skills by chatting online, playing entertaining and educational games, working through English language practice exercises, and sharing their experiences with other Wall Street Institute students and alumni from around the world.

The launch of The Village demonstrates how Wall Street Institute is leading the way in the ESL training industry in developing new tools to help students learn to communicate effectively in English.

"The Village is another opportunity for students to practice their English in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment," said Simon Buckland, Director of Curriculum at Wall Street Institute. "The Wall Street Institute Blended Learning Method has always focused on meeting individual students' educational needs. The Village is one more example of how students can personalize their educational experience to maximize their success."

The Village is only available to current Wall Street Institute students and alumni, creating an exclusive online community filled with people going through the experience of learning English. Village users can also search for and connect with other students who are at their same learning level.

"The virtual community is a great way for students to connect with each other," said Tim Daniels, Wall Street Institute's CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Wall Street Institute has a vast network of nearly 400 learning centers around the globe. Although our students represent an incredibly diverse array of cultures, they share many similar characteristics -- they tend to be young, upwardly mobile, career-minded professionals who want to learn how to communicate effectively in English. The Village provides them with an opportunity to network and build a community of new friends from around the world."

The Village social network includes a text chat feature, which allows students to instant message each other in English. Students can also participate educationally targeted structured chats with English speaking Wall Street Institute staff. These hosted chats, called "Ask Dr. English," are popular with students, who feel Dr. English is their own personal English tutor.

The community also allows students to create their own personal home pages where they can upload pictures and share their experiences. Every Wall Street Institute center has its own blog, social calendar, and featured news section.

Another feature of The Village is the discussion boards where students can post information and initiate discussions on a range of topics such as travel and regional cultural information. All posts are done in English, giving students an opportunity to practice their newly acquired English language skills.

The Village includes hundreds of practice exercises. These exercises are all geared to the student's own learning level. As they develop their mastery of English, they move on to progressively more advanced exercises.

Students can complete the activities, play games, or use any of the other Village features on their schedule. The community is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any location that has internet access.

Wall Street Institute, which pioneered the blended learning approach to English language instruction, understands that people learn differently. Its integrated approach offers students at all levels the ability to learn to speak English on their schedule in a fun environment. The Village is another tool in the blended learning approach designed to help students achieve their language goals.

About Wall Street Institute

Wall Street Institute (http://www.wallstreetinstitute.com/) is the premier provider of English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. The Company's proprietary and innovative Blended Learning Method integrates the best of proven learning approaches to provide the most effective English language instruction available for adults. Students listen, read, write, speak, and practice English under the tutelage of native English speaking teachers. Wall Street Institute's curriculum is aligned to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR), according to a study undertaken with the support of the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages Examination group (CESOL). Utilizing both company-owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students in nearly 400 centers in 26 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Founded in 1972, Wall Street Institute's international offices are in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States and Barcelona, Spain. Wall Street Institute is owned by the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group.

Wall Street Institute

CONTACT: Elizabeth Cheek of Hill and Knowlton for Wall Street Institute,
+1-212-885-0682, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.wallstreetinstitute.com/

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