Press Release: National Geographic Learning and TED Partner to Inspire English Language Learners
Boston, MA - September 30, 2014 - To further engage and inspire English Language Learners, National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of global education company Cengage Learning, today announced a partnership with TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Through the agreement, NGL will integrate TED's expansive library of TED Talks videos into three programs for English Language Learning. TED Talks are presentations filmed at flagship TED conferences and events where speakers present great ideas in 18 minutes or less, with a goal of sharing Ideas Worth Spreading, in fields such as science, technology, business, culture, art and design.
The first series to be published through this partnership is World English, second edition, a general English program for adults that features real people, places and language, and includes a wealth of National Geographic content to connect learners to the world. New to the second edition, TED Talks are incorporated to provide compelling examples that will motivate and empower learners to share ideas and spark conversations.
"TED raises the communication of ideas to an art form," said Dennis Hogan, senior vice president, executive director ELT & National Geographic programs. "Motivating content is a key to successful learning, and there are no better sources for that than TED Talks and National Geographic. We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to incorporate TED resources in our programs."
Alexander Broich, president of international, Cengage Learning said, "The combination of NGL's inspiring content with the world-renowned presentations of TED Talks speakers will provide an unparalleled opportunity to transform English language teaching and engage learners."
"At TED, we believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives around the world. We are deeply committed to education and delighted to be working with National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning to bring our content to classrooms worldwide," said Deron Triff, Director, Global Distribution & Licensing, TED.