David Nunan Joins GlobalEnglishTM as Senior Academic Advisor
World-renowned linguist, author and scholar will serve as ongoing consultant to GlobalEnglish.comTM, the leading Web portal for learning English
Daly City, CA, June 6, 2000 — GlobalEnglishTM Corporation today announced it has named Professor David Nunan senior academic advisor for GlobalEnglish.com, the popular Web portal for teaching and learning English. A worldrenowned linguist, author and scholar, Nunan is the director and chair of applied linguistics at The University of Hong Kong and recently served as president of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), the world’s largest professional organization for English language teachers.
“David Nunan is widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative leaders in the fields of English language teaching and research,” said Dr. Martin Rice, GlobalEnglish co-founder and vice president of education strategy. “We’re honored to have Dr. Nunan involved in the ongoing development of GlobalEnglish.com.”
Nunan will collaborate with GlobalEnglish on new initiatives aimed at supporting ESL/EFL (English as Second or Foreign Language) educators worldwide. “It is vitally important that teachers see GlobalEnglish as a partner in providing pedagogical experiences for their learners,” said Nunan. A key area of focus for Nunan will be building professional development programs for instructors that will help them incorporate GlobalEnglish.com into their own teaching.
The GlobalEnglish service combines expert pedagogy with the latest Internet technology to provide students with learning activities that simulate real-world experiences. GlobalEnglish.com currently offers 10 courses, from beginner to advanced. In addition to coursework, students have free access to highly engaging and effective activities that provide concentrated practice in specific skill areas, including reading, speaking and listening.
“Technology—driven by the Internet—is transforming the way we teach and learn English,” said Nunan. “I’m excited by the many opportunities technology can provide to both teachers and learners of English, and I look forward to collaborating with GlobalEnglish, a pioneer and leader in the field, to make these opportunities accessible to everyone, everywhere.”
Nunan has authored more than 100 books and articles on curriculum and materials development, classroom-based research, and discourse analysis. His academic publications include The Self-Directed Teacher and Voices from the Language Classroom (Cambridge University Press), Second Language Teaching and Learning (Heinle & Heinle). His textbook series include Atlas, Listen In, Speak Out, and Go For It!, all published by Heinle & Heinle. He earned his Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Flinders University in Australia. Nunan resides in Hong Kong and is on the faculty of both Newport Asia Pacific University and The University of Hong Kong.
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.