Who is STEP? What is EIKEN? EIKEN goes global
Date: Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Michael Todd Fouts
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.
Bio: 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: Akita Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Akita JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen for non-members, 500 yen for students
Venue: Room B103 at AIU (Akita International University)
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