Gunma JALT:

The New TOEIC (r): Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges

Date: Sunday, January 28th, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Grant True

The TOEIC (r) is the primary tool for assessing English proficiency in Japan and a good score has become a common prerequisite for job and academic placement and advancement. Because of its importance, TOEIC (r) test preparation courses have become a standard part of both College/University and private language teaching curriculums.

This workshop aims to clarify the changes to the test, highlight the impact and implications and for both test takers and teachers and present some approaches to overcoming the problems Japanese learners are likely to face.

During this workshop the presenter will give examples of the new format and use interactive tasks to highlight some of the key challenges test takers will face. Participants will then be introduced to activities that can used to prepare students to improve their scores.

It is intended that participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the changes and how these are likely to affect their students and programs, and also with a stock of techniques to better deal with these changes.

Grant True, an expert in testing and a long-time instructor of exam technique, has recently authored the Official Oxford University Press Japan Teacher's Guide to the TOEIC (r) Test. All participants will receive a free copy during the presentation written in the language of their choice.

Organization: Gunma Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Gunma JALT)

Cost: free


Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan


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