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GlobalEnglish™ Launches New Interface for Leading English Language Learning Site - GlobalEnglish.com

Easy Access and Interaction Main Focus of Updated Site

Daly City, CA, August 1, 2000 — GlobalEnglishTM Corporation today announced it has significantly enhanced the user interface of GlobalEnglish.comTM, the leading solution for learning English online. The new user interface was developed to provide non-native English speakers quicker and easier access to the site's complete coursework and free services for learning English, for both career and personal advancement. The new design now organizes popular features into eight distinct sections.

“At GlobalEnglish, our goal is to continue to deliver the most effective online English language instruction tools and services to our wide base of users around the world,” said Ellen Fetty, vice president of marketing at GlobalEnglish. “We are always looking for ways to make our comprehensive coursework and free activities more accessible and enjoyable.”

With one-click access to the most popular content on the site, users can now more easily find the activities that are most appropriate for their personal English language learning needs. The redesigned site incorporates eight new tabs at the top of the screen: home, courses, skill center, magazine, test center, community (with chat rooms), career, and resources.

Before launching the new design, GlobalEnglish completed a series of user interviews to ensure the new interface would truly meet the needs of its global audience. Over 80 percent of users who participated in the sessions indicated career advancement as their primary reason for learning English. As a result, the career section of the site, which is specifically designed to support users who need to use English for their own professional development, is one of the new tabbed sections. The career area includes a job board, resume-writing tips and personal editing services for resumes, reports, presentations and other business documents.

Recently named “site of the day” by The New York Times, GlobalEnglish.com provides everything users need to learn and apply English every day, from state-of-the-art multimedia courses to online learning games and community chat. The site features a complete Skill Center where users can practice specific grammar, listening and vocabulary skills. Interactive support tools—an automatic study plan reminder and the Personal Tutor—help students schedule appropriate course and practice activities based on their learning goals. In addition, the site offers a Test Center, including two online practice tests for the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication), an offline study option, and GlobalEnglish Magazine, the daily online magazine that includes engaging world, sports and entertainment news. With a complete set of features and services, GlobalEnglish.com continues to provide the leading, most effective online learning solution to the millions of non-native English speakers around the world.

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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