Online community for English learners launched

Heinle ELT, provider of materials for English language teaching and ePals, Inc., provider of the K-12 learning social network, today announced a partnership to create the Heinle Community, a safe and secure virtual workspace designed for learners to practice English through collaboration on projects.

Members of the Heinle Community can practice English language skills with other students and instructors worldwide using the "Heinle Student Projects" section. Projects combine Heinle's language learning content with other high-interest topics, and all projects can be incorporated into each classroom's online workspace. Educators also can connect in the "Teachers' Lounge" where they can exchange project ideas, share best practices and explore professional development opportunities.

A free 6-month membership for select customers, beginning on Jan. 15, 2010, will offer teachers and students full access to the Heinle Community. The commercial launch will be announced this summer as a subscription-based service. For more information, or to participate in the free trial membership, please visit