London, England (PRWEB) March 7, 2008
English language expert and writer Paul Parry believes he has identified a new niche in language learning.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown predicts two billion people worldwide will be learning or teaching English by 2020, and Mr Parry hopes his new website, EnglishLanguageExpert.com, will lead the way in providing a new style of learning tool.
"With so many people learning and improving their English right around the world, I did some research on the resources available to them," says Mr Parry.
"What I found was that of course there are the obvious ones, such as language schools and expensive online lessons, but I discovered that there was relatively little in terms of a simple, accessible resource which covers all the major points of English grammar, punctuation and writing in one portable location."
EnglishLanguageExpert.com, which also provides English language tips by email and has a growing band of subscribers, has been running since April 2007, but it was the prospect of the forthcoming Beijing Olympics which got Mr Parry thinking.
Hosting the Olympic Games has spurred an English-learning frenzy all over China. People are learning English to be more "internationalised," as organisers put it.
"Why should someone in China or anywhere else who wants to improve their English have to travel to a language school or pay for an expensive online course?" he asks. "So I produced an accessible, affordable ebook which can be downloaded and referred to for all the key information."
Today, 300 million people speak English in China and another 350 million in India. In fact, more children are learning English in Chinese schools than in British schools.
As Mr Brown says: "There are millions of people in every continent who are still denied this chance to learn English -- prevented from enjoying many of the benefits of the internet, commerce and culture. No one - however poor, however distant - should be denied the opportunity that the English language provides."
Indeed, China's government has decided that English language lessons should be a requirement in Chinese schools from the age of six, with 20 million more children a year starting lessons. In Beijing alone, 200,000 adults also take English lessons outside the school system.
And Mr Parry believes in his Prime Minister's plan that "in the next 10 years at least one billion more people in the villages, towns and cities of every continent will have access to resources, materials and qualifications from the UK."
Mr Parry is also convinced that education ebooks will, when the growth of hand-held reading devices (such as Amazon's Kindle) reaches a tipping point, become the future of global language learning.
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