For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Thompson
Pearson Education
212-782-3486
kit.thompson@pearsoned.com

Longman ELT Launches Global English Training Program

English Success(SM) Program Offers Flexibility Through Web-Based Platform

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey – June 1, 2002 – Pearson Education (Pearson, NYSE: PSO) the world’s leading integrated education publisher, announced that Longman ELT -- the world’s largest English language company -- has launched Longman English Success, t he most comprehensive English training program of its kind. The venture is targeted at higher education, corporate, and private language school markets.

Longman ELT, a division of Pearson Education, is considered the standard-bearer for ESL (English as a Second Language) training with its general and professional English courses, exam preparation, dictionaries, CD-ROMS and videos, offering training in both American and British English. Longman English Success (LES) is a new Web-based program designed for teaching and learning flexibility, and suitable for adults at all proficiency levels.

Acknowledging the diversity of both teaching and learning styles around the world, LES is designed for either instructor-led study or self-paced online learning through online, video-based and CD-ROM courses. The program offers courses in general and business English, test preparation for the TOEIC®, TOEFL®, and FCE exams, and English skills assessment.

For teachers of English, whether in a training center abroad or in an American school, Longman English Success is unique in its features and support attributes that make it easy help students build English skills. Ongoing assessment provides critical diagnosis of learner strengths and needs; performance reports, reference materials, online help, and comprehensive online Teachers Guides help instructors get the most out of their online teaching experience.

In addition, Longman English Success features a Learning Management System designed specifically for English language learning. The easy-to-use system provides schools with the administrative, instructional, and collaborative tools to implement and manage online courses. For those opting for self-study, native language support in eight language plus English enables learners to access online help files

“Our students have varying levels of proficiency and many have full-time jobs in addition to our English classes. LES is a complete solution to English learning,” says Luis Hidalgo, English Instructor at the Anglo school in Mexico City, Mexico. “Because it is Web-based, training and skills building can occur at any time, either in the classroom or at home or the library. We didn’t need to invest in any complex technology, and between the management system and the range of support, it makes my job easy.”

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