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Key Dates in Wall Street Institute's History

  • 1972: WSI founded by Mr. Luigi Peccenini. "Pecce" opened his first center in Milan, Italy. For more information about the life of WSI's founder, please visit http://www.pecce.com.
  • 1979: By 1979, WSI had opened over 48 centers throughout Italy
  • 1981: WSI adopted its first logo – the "crown" logo that was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. This is the same logo used today for Wall Street English, China.
  • 1983: WSI expands outside of Italy by opening a center in France.
  • 1983: Anyone remember cassette tapes? Now a must-have accessory for hipsters and Indie music trendsters, WSI launched its EOL (English On Line) program on cassette tapes and small hand-held devices in the language lab to listen, repeat, and test the new vocabulary they were learning.
  • 1985: First center in Switzerland opens.
  • 1988: First center in Spain opens.
  • 1990: The first Social Clubs, the central meeting place in centers for WSI students and the place for events, games, and activities, are introduced.
  • 1993: WSI launches its English learning program on CD-ROM, at the time the first to offer a full technology-based blended language learning system in the world.
  • 1995: WSI launches operations in 4 different countries: Chile, Germany, Mexico, and Portugal.
  • 1996: First center opens in Venezuela.
  • 1997: First center opens in Colombia
  • 1998: First center opens in Argentina.
  • 1999: WSI opens centers in Israel and Ecuador.
  • 2000: WSI's online student community, The Village, was launched.
  • 2000: WSI enters Asia by opening centers in Hong Kong and China. Centers are also opened in Brazil.
  • 2001: WSI opens centers in three countries: Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Turkey.
  • 2002: WSI opens its first center in Korea.
  • 2003: WSI opens its first center in Thailand.
  • 2004: WSI opens its first center in Peru.
  • 2006: Wall Street Institute's English progression levels were aligned with the University of Cambridge ESOL'S BULATS assessment tool, one of the most recognized business English language tests in the world.
  • 2007: Landmark Study Aligns Wall Street Institute's English progression levels to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) English Proficiency Scales
    2007: WSI opens its first center in Indonesia.
  • 2008: WSI opened its 400th center.
  • 2008: WSI expands into Russia and Czech Republic.
  • 2009: WSI completely updated its core product offering. The project involved both modernizing the look and feel and use of language in its online course lessons and educational materials and introducing new features including educational videos and new teacher-led class lesson topics. Updating the online lesson component included recording 21,900 lines of dialogue, taking 13,700 digital images, hiring 142 models and actors, and recording 393 different character voices that were put together to create the state-of-the-art multi-media curriculum.
  • 2009: WSI opens its first center on the African continent in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 2010: WSI becomes part of the Pearson family
  • 2010: WSI opens its first center in Nicaragua.
  • 2011: WSI affirms its global social media footprint with Facebook pages across all of the company's different locations.
  • 2012: WSI opens 450th Center
  • 2012: WSI celebrates its 40th Anniversary with parties and special events planned around the globe.
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