National Geographic Learning and TED Launch Innovative English Language Learning App

Video-Based Learning App Supports English Language Learning Courses

Boston, MA – February 12, 2018 – National Geographic Learning (NGL), a Cengage company, today announced the release of Learn English with TED Talks, an app developed in partnership with TED designed for students enrolled in programs to learn English as a foreign language.

The Learn English with TED Talks app gives students the English learning support they need to understand popular TED Talks and express themselves confidently in English. Designed to be used with any English course for young adults and adults, Learn English with TED Talks is accompanied by a classroom presentation tool and lesson plans that enable instructors to integrate independent student work on the app with a meaningful classroom experience.

TED Talks inspire students, while modeling and motivating communication. This app will make it easier and more effective for English learning teachers to integrate TED Talks into their programs,” said Dennis Hogan, General Manager of National Geographic Learning.

“Technology and innovation have enabled the learning experience to transcend the walls of the traditional classroom, as well as geographic boundaries,” said Alexander Broich, President, Cengage International. “We are pleased to partner with TED to further engage English Language Learners and help them find their voice in English.”

“TED is dedicated to spreading ideas, and creating a global community of people who want to engage with those ideas and share their own,” said Colin Helms, Head of Media at TED.  “Our partnership with National Geographic Learning expands that community and helps students acquire skills that can change their lives for the better.”

National Geographic Learning offers a wide range of English Language Teaching materials that support instructors and engage students with content and digital learning tools. Its mission is to bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life—including the world of ideas found in TED Talks. The Learn English with TED Talks app is available on the Apple 9+ and Android 5.0+ operating systems. For more information on the partnership, visit ngl.cengage.com/ted.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, its TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and at thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels. TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; Subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and the TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world.

About National Geographic Learning

National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage, develops programs for learning English that bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life. Its print and digital materials incorporate the compelling content and photography of National Geographic and TED Talks to make learning English meaningful and motivating.

About Cengage

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher ed, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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