Pearson Corporation is the world's largest publisher of ESL materials including dictionaries, textbooks and novels.
It is also one of the main financial backers for promoting corporate English teaching overseas with sponsorships of job websites, teaching conferences, etc....
"a worldwide profession, backed up by the British publishing industry," (Linguistic Imperialism, 254)
Lord Dennis Stevenson was Chairman of the Board in 2000-2001.
See Phillipson's Linguistic Imperialism for background on British publishing companies versus German publishing companies for market share in South America before WWII.
Subdiaries and Publications
- Penguin Books
- The Financial Times
- The Economist