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July 30, 2004

ALC and Goo Form E-learning Tie Up

ALC, a major publisher of English language study materials, and NTT Resonant, which runs the popular goo portal site, have announced a business and capital tie-up up based on a new English e-learning service. ALC will provide content to goo, such as the Speaking Marathon on its Space ALC site and sell e-learning and other services through the NTT group. NTT Resonant will acquire of 5% share of ALC for around ¥200 million. With the national university entrance exams to incorporate a listening test from 2006, the two companies are predicting a shift in the English learning industry towards a younger client base, with a growing number of kindergarten and school children studying. They are looking to create a new ¥1-billion market next year. ALC currently has about 2 million students taking its lessons. The goo portal attracts about 10 million users per month.

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