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Brad Patterson, from Edulang, is introducing their new initiative for ESL teachers and learners.
My team at Edulang sometimes wonders who will most benefit from our new initiative to provide quality materials to any English-learner around the world...
Of course, we believe anyone wanting to learn English can benefit, but especially the 450 MILLION PEOPLE who currently don't have access to superior web applications that could help them master English.
Why 450 million ?
Today there are close to 2 billion people using English. Twenty-five percent of them are actively trying to improve their abilities (500 million), and among those, 9/10 do not have the financial means for formal instruction beyond their scholastic years. It's true. The majority of private schools (Wall Street Institute, English Town, Berlitz...) are beyond the means of many English learners, as these big institutions have aimed at finding clients who can pay top dollar, leaving the rest to the side. We want to change that.
Anyone can pay a dollar and access more than 1500 lessons written by professional ELT material developers, in addition to the new lessons that come out every day.
They can also measure their progress and prepare for industry standards such as the TOEIC® and TOEFL® tests with Test Simulator.
If they choose to give more then they're contributing to something they can be proud of as half will go to Room to Read, an organization that helps children who wouldn't otherwise have such greater educational opportunities.
I believe our new direction is genuine, inspiring and has so much to offer to so many, and you can help. Feel free to check out the sites mentioned above, to share with friends and family that will benefit and to contact us if you have an idea of how to promote this within your community. A heart-felt thanks from me and all the team at Edulang!
Brad Patterson has been a language teacher for over a decade and is a passionate language enthusiast himself. These days, he is the social media manager at Edulang and you can find him on twitter or at his blog about English Language Teaching and other language musings, a journée in language.