ELS Adopts EnglishCentral’s Online English Learning Solution
Powered by EnglishCentral, World’s Largest Network of Campus-based English Language Instruction Centers Launches Mobile Learning Experience Customized to its Course Curriculum
ARLINGTON, MA – September 29, 2015 – EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, today announced that ELS Educational Services (ELS), a Berlitz company, has adopted its online English conversation platform. With this technology partnership, ELS will now be able to offer its students an engaging and interactive English language learning experience with self-study and in classroom practice options, customized to ELS’s course curriculum.
Using its flexible online course creation platform, EnglishCentral built for ELS a customized online English learning solution that maps its extensive library of video lessons and pre-built course modules to ELS’s existing curriculum. Offering a variety of levels for ELS learners, the new online courses allow ELS students to access custom-made EnglishCentral courses that match the scope and sequence of traditional coursework and books used in class.
Available on the web, tablet and mobile, the customized solution for ELS now gives ELS students the ability to practice speaking English for the first time on their mobile devices. EnglishCentral’s analysis of over 50,000 learners in Japan shows that students make progress two times faster when they are able to practice from their mobile devices.
“We truly believe EnglishCentral is a perfect complement to our current curriculum,” said Mr. Ward Morrow, Vice President, Academic Affairs at ELS. “Our priority is ensuring that our students have the tools necessary to learn English effectively, and we believe that EnglishCentral’s use of video along with state-of-the-art vocabulary acquisition and speech assessment technology will significantly improve the student experience with us. We have been testing EnglishCentral in several locations over the past year, and our teachers are very excited about using the service in their classes.”
EnglishCentral’s customized solution for ELS will be rolled out starting this fall in all of its North American centers. ELS expects to enroll over 60,000 students in the first year and will also roll out EnglishCentral in its international locations, including Japan and India, later in 2015.
“We are delighted that ELS has adopted EnglishCentral so broadly,” said Alan Schwartz, Founder & CEO of EnglishCentral. “We’ve had millions of users around the world use our platform, and we see the best results for students when our platform is used in conjunction with what great teachers are already doing in the classroom.”
EnglishCentral turns popular web videos into powerful language learning experiences for both self-study and one-on-one tutoring, providing a complete platform for practicing English conversation online. EnglishCentral has been adopted in over 400 universities worldwide and has partnered with the world’s largest private and online English language schools, including Open English in Latin America, UOL in Brazil, NTT Learning in Japan, and Meten in China. The company is backed by investors including Google Ventures, NTT DoCoMo Ventures, and SK Telecom Ventures. For more information, visit www.englishcentral.com, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @EnglishCentral1.
About ELS Educational Services
ELS is the world’s largest network of campus-based English language instruction and university preparation centers, with 80+ locations in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Malaysia and the USA. Each year, ELS places thousands of international students in degree programs through a network of 650+ colleges and universities worldwide, accepting the successful completion of the advanced ELS curriculum as proof of English proficiency. In 2016, ELS will celebrate its 55th year of leadership and the more than 1.2 million students from over 140 countries who have learned English quickly and effectively through ELS. For more information about ELS, please visit: