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June 11, 2003

Macmillan to Launch Online "Campus"

Major ELT publisher Macmillan today announced the launch of their new Macmillan English Campus. The result of two years of development and the work of one of the largest teams of authors ever assembled on an English language teaching project, MEC is described as "a complete online practice environment for English language students." Fifty-three contributing authors, 20 editors and 40 software engineers worked on the project. Twenty teachers and 150 students took part in initial trials.

The software allows institutions to create and manage customized courses based on a range of materials that includes exercises, activities, tests, reference materials and games. Ian Johnstone, Director of Internet Publishing at Macmillan said "Most online English materials teach English to their own agenda, working to a defined syllabus, removing the focus from the teacher and the classroom. We were committed to developing an online product not to replace but to support the activity of language schools, governments and corporations. It is a product that we believe will change the way English is learnt."

MEC will be officially launched in the UK at a reception to be held in London in September. For more information, see the MEC web site.

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