The entire language course features 96 recorded online sessions with visual and audio components, the companies said Tuesday. Weekly classes can be played back and used repeatedly for review and reinforcement. In addition, consumers can install an offline collection of more than 100 hours of learning material on their computers, so that they can learn at their own pace.
After completing the online course, AOL members can choose to continue their education with Berlitz at a 25 percent discount.
AOL said 78 percent of respondents questioned in a recent poll on its service were interested in taking online English lessons.
Severalare offering niche products such as online in Spanish and discounted aimed at the U.S. Hispanic population.
AOL said it has launched a money transfer service and phone cards targeted at Hispanics. The company said it is working on a bilingual "optimized PC" to be priced at $299 for those signing up for a one-year membership.
"We are dedicated to helping the Hispanic community succeed in the U.S. by offering tools that educate adults and children," David Wellisch, general manager at AOL Latino, said in a statement.