SOURCE: GlobalEnglish Corporation

January 11, 2006 10:02 ET

GlobalEnglish Releases White Paper by Dr. David Nunan on Instructional Design for Online Language Training

BRISBANE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 11, 2006 -- GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English learning and support service provider for business communication, today announced the availability of a white paper by Dr. David Nunan, the GlobalEnglish Senior Academic Advisor. The purpose of the paper -- titled "The GlobalEnglish Pedagogical Approach: The Evolution of Technology and Value of Online English Language Learning" -- is to describe the benefits of Internet-based course delivery over more conventional classroom-based instruction.

Dr. Nunan is director and chair of applied linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and has taught English in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Cambodia. Teachers and students in Japan, South Korea and China bought more than 20 million copies of his textbooks in the last six months of 2004 alone. In 2005, Dr. Nunan was selected as one of Australia's "50 Australians Who Really Matter" by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Technology has advanced so far as to make online language training not only viable but superior to traditional methods for many users," said Dr. Nunan. "GlobalEnglish has replicated the classroom experience by providing multisensory learning, constant interactivity and immediate feedback while creating a personalized learning environment and a private space for students to make mistakes."

Dr. Nunan's paper describes Communicative Language Teaching, the pedagogical method that, under his guidance, was used to build the GlobalEnglish Corporate Learning Service™. This method utilizes seven principles of instructional design: scaffolding, interactivity, task-based learning, multisensory learning, pacing, repetition, and inductive and deductive learning. In addition to an explanation of the principles, Dr. Nunan provides examples of how each was implemented in the GlobalEnglish Corporate Learning Service.

"Dr. Nunan is one of the world's foremost experts on English instruction, and this paper has established the new tenets for the industry," said Deepak Desai, GlobalEnglish President and CEO. "And it couldn't come at a better time because the demand for English skills is growing every quarter. Corporations need an effective alternative to expensive and time-consuming classroom education in order to train thousands of employees simultaneously."

Dr. Nunan's white paper is available in 13 languages: Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish (Latin America and Spain), Italian, German, French, Russian, Turkish and English. To receive a complimentary copy of the paper, write to GlobalEnglish at whitepapers@globalenglish.com.

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