Iwate JALT:

Who is STEP? What is EIKEN?

Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2007 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Todd Fouts,International Operations Manager and Chief Editor at the Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP)

Description:
Part 1: Who is STEP? What is EIKEN?

A crash course in the history, purpose, and content of the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency - one of the world's most widely administered language tests, and yet one of Japan's best-kept secrets. Find out how EIKEN items are developed and who does it, and why it's the scariest job in the world.

Part 2: EIKEN goes global

Until four years ago, EIKEN was virtually unheard of outside Japan. Now the test is recognized for admissions at hundreds of institutions in North America and Australia. What happened? The growth of EIKEN from domestic test to global qualification, and the potential impact on education in Japan.

Michael Todd Fouts is International Operations Manager and Chief Editor at the Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP), where EIKEN is produced by a team of 200 writers, editors, and advisors. Fouts has worked in Japan since 1990 as a teacher and test developer.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Aiina, 7th floor, room 702 (west exit, Morioka Station)

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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