New Web 2.0 Feature Enhances Collaborative Learning for Members
Portland, Ore. - June 14, 2007
Englishbaby.com, a global English-as-a-second-language (ESL) social networking site, has added a new Web 2.0 feature that makes it possible for English, baby! members to create their own English lessons. Members can now post their “peer-to-peer” lessons on English, baby! for other English learners to learn from, comment on and critique.
"Research has shown peer influence to be incredibly powerful," said John Hayden, co-founder and president of Versation Inc.—the company that operates English, baby!. "By moving away from teacher-led course structures and harnessing the power of peer influence in a constructive environment such as English, baby!, the user-generated lessons will help facilitate a more engaging and stimulating learning process."
The user-generated lessons represent English, baby!'s next phase in creating a more effective personal learning environment for language acquisition and immersion—a place where English students can interact, debate and practice English outside traditional school institutions.
In fourth quarter 2006, English, baby! introduced Web 2.0 website features that included social networking functions:
- User profiles
- English lesson rating and commenting
- Member friends lists
- Email system, blogs and vocabulary
- Lesson archive access.
These features have contributed to 100 percent growth in website membership, user visits and page views since Jan. 1, demonstrating that people worldwide are eagerly embracing English, baby!’s Web 2.0 features to enhance their English skills. Some users now pay $5-a-month membership fees for enhanced features, including the ability to save quizzes and vocabulary lists for quick reference.
About English, baby!
Founded in 2000 with headquarters in Portland, Ore., English, baby! is the ESL social networking website product from Versation, Inc. Englishbaby.com features more than 2,000 free English lessons and more than 15,000 searchable English words. Designed to assist the 1.5 billion English learners worldwide, the website provides English students the opportunity to learn colloquial English at their own pace. Visit Englishbaby.com.
John Hayden, Co-founder and CEO
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