EnglishCentral, an Arlington, MA-based provider of online English conversation solutions, received a multi-million strategic investment from Kirihara Shoten K.K., a provider of high school textbook products and services for the Japanese education market.
The exact amount of the deal was not disclosed. As part of it, the companies also entered into a distribution agreement to integrate EnglishCentral’s English language speaking solutions into Kirihara Shoten’s English textbooks adopted as an official government textbook for high schools in Japan.
Led by Alan Schwartz, Founder & CEO, EnglishCentral provides an online English language conversation platform adopted by over 400 universities, schools and corporations in over 100 countries.
The company delivers interactive, video-based language learning experiences for both self-study and one-on-one tutoring, which leverages a library of videos lessons, proprietary IntelliSpeech℠ speech assessment technology, and pre-built course modules.
Partnerships include private and online English language schools including Open English (Latin America), UOL (Brazil), NTT Learning (Japan), and Siwon (Korea).