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GlobalExcellence Series to Address Managing Global Workforces

Brisbane, CA, September 30, 2004 — GlobalEnglish® Seminar Series Will Provide Expert Advice and Case Studies on Identifying and Overcoming the Growing Communication Skills Gap Faced by Employees of Global Companies

GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English learning and support service for business communication, announced the launch of the GlobalExcellenceTM Seminar Series on the challenges and opportunities for managing global workforces. The series will begin in Paris on Wednesday, October 20, and will travel to Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Frankfurt, London, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo before concluding during the summer of 2005.

In each city, the series will be co-sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce and will address the results of GlobalEnglish Corporation's multiyear study of nearly 25,000 employees in global corporations. The research, conducted in 83 countries, documented the growing communication challenges in each geographic region and studied the impact of online English training on productivity. GlobalEnglish Corporation will be joined in each city by customers who will share their strategies for identifying skills gaps and increasing productivity with improved communication skills.

"Global corporations are experiencing significant productivity losses because their employees do not have the language skills to effectively communicate with customers, suppliers, and colleagues," said Ron Hoge, CEO of GlobalEnglish Corporation. "This seminar series will be invaluable for anyone managing workforces that operate globally because it will provide concise guidance on both identifying and solving business communication failures around the world."

According to recent research completed by GlobalEnglish Corporation, 91 percent of employees in global corporations say that English language skills are "required" or "important" for their job. Only 9 percent, however, could claim that their current English proficiency was sufficient to do their job. The research also documented the impact of this skills gap on the bottom line and conservatively estimated that global corporations are losing a minimum of $4MM for every 1,000 employees who do not maintain English proficiency.

"It is important that country managers, human resource executives, and training professionals understand the magnitude of the problem that exists in their organizations," said Mark Engelter, Director of Marketing for GlobalEnglish Corporation. "The GlobalExcellence Seminar Series is a unique opportunity to join colleagues from other global corporations and learn how they are addressing an enormous skills gap to capture productivity improvements that are meaningful to the organization's bottom line."

To receive an invitation to the GlobalEnglish GlobalExcellence Seminar Series, write to us at info@globalenglish.com.

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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