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December 3, 1999

The Chauncey Group International® and AmEnglish.com® Launch English Pronunciation Learning Tool

AmEnglish.com® Contact: AmEnglish.com
David Hans, Director of Sales and Marketing
Phone: (925) 485-3080
E-mail: dhans@amenglish.com

The Chauncey Group International
Rex Corlett, Susan Chyn
Phone: (609) 720-6529, 720-6558
E-mail: rcorlett@chauncey.com; schyn@chauncey.com

Princeton, NJ, The Chauncey Group International®, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service®, and AmEnglish.com® are pleased to announce their collaboration in the development of the newest product in the Tools for TOEIC® series, Pronunciation in American English, which is a dynamic and practical language learning product available on CD-rom. The Test of English for International Communication® (TOEIC®) is an English language proficiency test marketed worldwide by The Chauncey Group International.

Pronunciation in American English, is an interactive multimedia program that improves pronunciation skills for non-native speakers of English at the intermediate level and above. It can be used by individual learners, in classroom training environments, and can be adapted for distance learning courses. Since it is interactive, the program provides learners with both visual and aural simulations. In addition, the pronunciation and other language exercises portrayed in the program are set in a meaningful workplace context, allowing learners to practice and improve their communication skills in a realistic way. The product was developed by Kathy L. Hans of AmEnglish.com®, and focuses on the key areas of stress, intonation and rhythm. All of the products in the Tools for TOEIC® series are designed to be practical tools of the highest instructional quality, and are intended for people who are already employed or who are seeking employment in the global workplace.

"We are very excited about this new partnership and are confident that this collaboration will lead to more access to English-language learning. We look forward to working with AmEnglish.com® to develop more language-learning products and services," said Judith D. Moore, president and CEO of The Chauncey Group International®.

"We are very pleased to be collaborating with The Chauncey Group International® because of their strong presence in the international market and their commitment to delivering English language products and services that meet consistently high standards in the global marketplace," stated Kathy Hans, developer of the product.

The Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service® (ETS®), is the leading provider of certification and licensing examinations for professionals, business and government. With more than 25 years of experience in designing, developing and administering occupational, licensure, certification and professional assessment, The Chauncey Group® has helped customers define competencies and measure those competencies effectively and fairly. The Chauncey Group® administered certification and licensure programs to almost two million candidates via paper-and-pencil, computer-based, and Internet-based testing programs in 30 countries over the past year. The Chauncey Group® is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with offices in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France. For more information, visit www.chauncey.com.

Educational Testing Service® (ETS®) is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in education research. ETS® is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in nearly 200 countries. The organization develops and administers more than 12 million tests worldwide. For more information about ETS®, visit its Web site at ETS®.

AmEnglish.com® develops ESL and EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) computer-based training tools from their offices near Silicon Valley in Pleasanton, California. Their programs have been adopted by numerous universities and businesses in the U.S. and overseas.