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GlobalEnglish Advisor David Nunan to Speak On Need for English Language Instruction

South San Francisco, CA, February 8, 2001 — Dr. Nunan Among Several World-Renowned Education Experts to Discuss English Language Learning Trends at TIRF Forum

GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English language learning service for corporations and consumers, today announced its senior academic advisor, Dr. David Nunan, will speak at the TESOL International Research Foundation (TIRF) Forum on Friday, February 9 in Alexandria, Virginia. TESOL is the international organization, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The TIRF Forum brings together global experts to discuss trends in English language education. Dr. Nunan, chair of applied linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and dean of the Graduate School of Education at Newport Asia-Pacific University, will speak on the demand for English language instruction in the global economy.

Along with professors from Harvard University, Stanford University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Melbourne, Dr. Nunan will participate in a series of discussions focused on where and when to direct public and private resources for English language education. The TIRF Forum will be attended by language education researchers from around the world who will develop a research and development agenda for future language education.

"A global expansion in the demand for English around the world has put great pressure on both human and material resources," said Dr. Nunan. "During this conference, I will offer some recommendations for meeting this challenge. For instance, I believe we need to redefine our concept of the classroom to incorporate new approaches such as Web-based learning. These new online services, offered by companies such as GlobalEnglish, can address the enormous global need for English language proficiency that traditional classroom instruction cannot currently address. Online instruction has the potential to reach over 1.5 billion non-native speakers worldwide at an affordable price, while providing resources and learning opportunities for people in diverse educational settings."

GlobalEnglish Corporation offers comprehensive online English language instruction and resources for corporations and consumers. The GlobalEnglish service is designed to satisfy the English language requirements of non-native speakers who require English for work, travel and everyday purposes. Offering courses in both Business English and general English, GlobalEnglish combines leading-edge technology with proven teaching methods for beginner to advanced learners.

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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