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Linguaphone Group and Malaysian-based Melewar Group announce new English training partnership

Linguaphone Group, the global UK-based language training provider, today announced a landmark partnership with the Melewar Group from Malaysia, which will see them act as the Linguaphone Group’s exclusive Direct English Master Licensee for Malaysia, India and Singapore.

In the presence of His Excellency Mr. Simon Featherstone CMG, British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Derek Price, Chief Executive Officer with the Linguaphone Group and Tunku Iskandar, Group Managing Director of the Melewar Group signed an exclusive agreement to develop the Linguaphone Group’s Direct English language training program in Asia.

Created in 1997, Direct English is based on a unique learning system developed by the internationally renowned education authority on English language, Louis Alexander. Direct English combines highly interactive bilingual materials, with a program of personalised tutorials and conversation classes, and already delivers world-class English language training for all abilities through a network of licensed partners across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Melewar Group is a Malaysian business conglomerate, founded in 1963 with a strong commitment to training and education. Through their subsidiary company English Learning Group Ltd., they will develop Direct English to corporate and retail markets across Malaysia, India and Singapore from January next year.

Speaking at the ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Derek Price, Chief Executive Officer with the Linguaphone Group commented:

“Direct English has already helped thousands of people learn the vital international language of business and communication – English. This new partnership is a significant development for the Linguaphone Group’s on going expansion of Direct English across Asia. We are therefore delighted to welcome the prestigious Melewar Group to our global network of Linguaphone Group partners.”

Tunku Iskandar, Group Managing Director of the Melewar Group remarked:

“The Melewar Group believes that Direct English will set a new standard and be well recognised in Malaysia, Singapore and India as the ideal way to learn the use of the English language assertively and with increased fluency. We thank the Linguaphone Group for its confidence in us and we look forward to moving ahead with setting up our own Direct English centres as well as appointing licensee centres to cover the region.”


For all media enquiries, please contact

Charlotte Pritchard, Head of Marketing Linguaphone Group


Tel: +44 (0)20 8687 6115

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Notes to editors

The Linguaphone Group is a world-leading language training provider, operating under the internationally recognised Linguaphone, Direct English and Pingu’s English brand names . With over 109 years of experience in the language training market, the Group has an extensive network of licensed partners across Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa . The Group has also helped millions of people learn a new language through their wide-ranging portfolio of self-study products sold in over 60 countries . Licensing opportunities are still available for our English language programs worldwide . Please call +44 (0)20 8687 6104, email info@linguaphonegroup .com or visit

The Melewar Group is a Bumiputera family-owned business conglomerate founded in 1963, with diverse interests in education and training, financial services, steel manufacturing, engineering, real estate development and travel and tourism. Headquartered in Malaysia, they have interests across Asia, as well as in Europe through a network of affiliates and related companies. English Learning Group Ltd is a member of the Melewar Group of Malaysia and was formed to enter into an agreement with the Linguaphone Group to establish the Group’s Direct English program across Malaysia, Singapore and India.

The Linguaphone Group welcomes the support from the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Embassy in Malaysia through their Overseas Market Information Service (OMIS) to secure this partnership with the Melewar Group.

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