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GlobalEnglish Establishes World-Class Advisory Board

Daly City, CA, December 15, 1999 — GlobalEnglishTM Corporation, the leader in teaching English online, today announced the formation of a world-class advisory board comprised of the leading scholars, authors and innovators in Englishlanguage instruction. Announced in conjunction with the launch of www.globalenglish.com, the new English-language learning Web portal, the 12-member advisory board will provide guidance on GlobalEnglish.com content and coursework and offer valuable insight into innovations in distance learning.

Members of the GlobalEnglish Advisory Board include:

-- Dr. David Nunan, president of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.), director and chair of applied linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, and author of more than 100 books and articles including The Self-Directed Teacher and Voices from the Language Classroom (Cambridge University Press) and the Atlas, Listen In, and Go For It! series of textbooks published by Heinle & Heinle.

-- Dr. Mary Ann Christison, professor of linguistics at the University of Utah and former president of TESOL. Christison is the author of more than 50 books and scholarly articles on teaching ESL. She is a leading expert on the role that the brain plays in guiding the language learning process.

-- Dr. Joy Reid, former president of TESOL, professor of English at the University of Wyoming, and author of numerous books and textbooks including Understanding Learning Styles in the Second Language Classroom and Teaching ESL Writing (Pearson Education).

-- Dave Sperling, president and founder of Dave's ESL Cafe, one of the world's most popular Web sites for ESL (English as a Second Language) students and teachers. An ESL instructor at California State University, Northridge, he authored Dave Sperling's Internet Guide and Dave Sperling's Internet Activity Workbook (PearsonEducation).

"We're honored to have such an esteemed group of experts involved in the ongoing development of the GlobalEnglish.com community," said Dr. Martin Rice, GlobalEnglish co-founder and vice president of product development. "In establishing the board, our goal was to bring together the best, most accomplished practitioners in the field to provide cutting-edge advise and resources for the benefit of English-language learners everywhere. Our work with the board gives us an invaluable window into the latest developments in English-language instruction at the world's finest institutions for higher learning. We're very excited to put those experiences to bear in our Internet-based teaching environment."

Chaired by Rice, the GlobalEnglish Advisory Board held its first meeting in October of this year and will meet semiannually. The next meeting is scheduled for April 2000.

About the Advisory Board

Additional members of the GlobalEnglish Advisory Board include:

-- Dr. Linda Blanton, professor of English and director of the honors program at the University of New Orleans, LA. Blanton is the author of several best-selling textbooks including Composition Practice 1-4, The Multicultural Workshop 1-3 and the scholarly book Varied Voices: On Language and Literacy (Heinle & Heinle).

-- Dr. Fernando Fleurquin, academic director of the Alianza Cultural Uruguay Estados Unidos and a leading expert on the learning needs of Latin American students of English.

-- Barbara Foley, associate professor of English at Union County College in Elizabeth, New Jersey and former director of the college's Institute for Intensive English. Foley is the author of several top-selling textbooks including Listen to Me!, Now Hear This! and The New Grammar in Action series (Heinle & Heinle).

-- Helen Kalkstein Fragiadakis, chairperson of the department of English for international students at Contra Costa College in Calif. and the author of the popular idiom textbooks All Clear! as well as Sound Ideas in the Tapestry series (Heinle & Heinle).

-- Linda Grant, assistant director of the graduate and undergraduate ESL program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and author of the best-selling advanced pronunciation textbook on the market, titled Well Said (Heinle & Heinle).

-- Daphne Mackey, director of special programs in ESL at the University of Washington Extension. Mackey is the author of a top-selling cultural reader, Contact USA, Grammar Plus and More Grammar Plus (Pearson Education) and the Kaleidoscope Reading & Writing series (Houghton Mifflin).

-- Dr. Peter Master, associate professor of linguistics and language development at San Jose State University in Calif. Master authored the authoritative reference volume, Systems in English Grammar: An Introduction for Language Teachers (Pearson Education) which is widely used throughout TESOL training programs.

-- Joseph A. McVeigh, associate director for programs in ESL and TESOL at the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College in Vermont. McVeigh's work is focused on exploring new methods of delivering language instruction through technology.

About GlobalEnglish Corporation

GlobalEnglish is the leading provider of online assessment, learning and support for Business English communication for the world's top companies. The company offers a suite of scalable, on-demand products that help employees improve their ability to communicate effectively in English and enables companies to succeed in the global marketplace.

GlobalEnglish is proudly made up of a team of global consultants who partner with clients to assess their Business English needs, ensure successful implementation and provide ongoing local support to over 30 countries worldwide.

GlobalEnglish is the preferred choice of the world's largest companies, including BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, GSK, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, Unisys and Wyeth.

For more information, please visit www.GlobalEnglish.com.

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— Tony Gleeson, former Global Director of Learning Programs and Solutions, Deloitte LLP, U.S.

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