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GlobalEnglish Delivers New State-of-the-Art Tools for English Language Learners Worldwide

Listening, Grammar, Speaking Activities and Study-Planning Tools on GlobalEnglish.comTM Help Non-Native Speakers Learn English for the Real World

Daly City, CA, June 22, 2000 — GlobalEnglishTM Corporation today announced a major new release of GlobalEnglish.com, the leading solution for learning English onlineTM . New features available today include a Listening Center, Grammar Center and voice chat room for focused practice in grammar, listening and speaking skills. New interactive support tools—an automatic study plan reminder and the Personal TutorTM —help students schedule appropriate course and practice activities based on their learning goals. In addition, the new GlobalEnglish Tour familiarizes users with the site’s complete multimedia courses, skill centers, free services and community areas.

“More than one billion people worldwide are currently studying English, and the Internet offers the ideal platform for delivering effective English language instruction to everyone, everywhere,” said Fred Grainger, president and CEO of GlobalEnglish.

“With the new tools announced today, GlobalEnglish.com continues to provide students with the most comprehensive and effective approach to learning, understanding and applying English in everyday life.”

In addition to new features and enhancements, GlobalEnglish has doubled the number of free assignments available at GlobalEnglish.com. Users can now receive four free assignments from each course—the equivalent of about 10 free hours of instruction per course. Each assignment includes engaging activities to build listening, speaking and reading comprehension skills. “Research has shown that students retain about 20 percent of what they see, 30 percent of what they hear, 50 percent of what they see and hear, and 80 percent of what they see, hear and do concurrently,” said Dr. Martin Rice, GlobalEnglish co-founder and vice president of education strategy.

“GlobalEnglish.com embraces the ‘see it, hear it and do it’ approach to teaching English. We move beyond traditional text-based instruction and provide our users with beginner- to advanced-level courses and free activities that encourage listening, reading and speaking practice to simulate real-world communication. Our innovative combination of instruction and state-ofthe art technology is breaking new ground in the field of English language instruction,” Rice added.

New Skills Center and Voice Chat for Grammar, Listening and Speaking Practice

Organized by language level—beginner, intermediate and advanced—the new Listening Center presents important strategies and provides opportunities for users to practice and improve their listening skills. “Listening comprehension is an essential skill in everyday English conversation.

"We’re very excited to provide this free feature as part of our service,” noted Rice. "For example, students can engage in simulated phone conversations so they can practice their communication skills in a real-world setting."

In the new Grammar Center, users learn the rules of English grammar. Students can choose from a wide variety of grammar activities, including verb tenses, articles and comparatives, that will enable them to practice using key grammatical structures.

For intermediate and advanced learners, GlobalEnglish.com now offers voice chat. This free service is available in the GlobalEnglish Community, the popular area on the site where GlobalEnglish students develop and practice their communication skills. Voice chat complements the Listening Center, providing students with both listening and speaking practice. In the voice chat room, users have the unique opportunity to chat in real-time with other students from around the world.

State-of-the-Art Interactive Tools Help Students Build Custom Study Plans

GlobalEnglish.com is offering two new interactive study-planning tools. Students can choose the activities and areas they want to focus on and then set a schedule with the new automatic study reminder. An email reminder is sent on the days indicated by the student, linking the student directly to the activities they have selected.

The Personal Tutor is ideal for users who would like some assistance defining their learning goals. The Personal Tutor helps students create a personal study plan and achieve specified learning goals through scheduled lessons and activities and ongoing support, including weekly progress reports.

“Keeping to a study schedule is always a challenge,” said Professor David Nunan, worldrenowned linguist, author and senior academic advisor for GlobalEnglish.com. “Studies repeatedly show how successful learning is mapped not only to effective course instruction but also to the level of interaction and support provided to the student. The Personal Tutor and automatic study reminders provide the essential guidance, interaction and planning required for effective instruction.”

New Online Tour Orients Students to GlobalEnglish.com

The new GlobalEnglish Tour helps orient users to the site, providing a quick overview of the free assignments, activities and online course instruction. Users can familiarize themselves with the key services available at GlobalEnglish.com by clicking on the links to each feature throughout the tour.

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.

English is critical for our success. We needed a solution that we could deploy around the world, would help any level and that would include tools that could provide instant help on the job. The only service that could handle this huge challenge was GlobalEnglish…It always comes down to money and our return on investment has been excellent when measured in productivity gains.

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

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