Fukuoka JALT:

(1) TOEIC for Lower Level Students; (2) Online Placement and Practice Tests

Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Grant Trew; (2) Oliver Bayley

Description:
There are two presentations today.

TOEIC® for lower level students

Grant Trew

The TOEIC® is a challenging test and especially so for lower ability learners. The level of vocabulary, length of the passages, and the speed of the listening sections pose problems, not only for test takers who need high scores, but also for teachers trying to prepare them to take the test.

This presentation will use actual test questions to illustrate the challenges these students and teachers face, and outline an approach to helping these learners raise not only their test scores, but also their overall communicative ability.

Grant Trew has been working in the field of ELT for nearly 25 years as a teacher, trainer and materials developer in Asia, the UK, and the Middle East. He is the author of a number of ELT books including the ‘Tactics for TOEIC®’ series for Oxford University Press.

Online Placement and Practice Tests: What are they and should I use them?

Oliver Bayley

Placement testing can be time-consuming and complex for schools, teachers and students. However, the internet now provides online alternatives to the traditional oral or paper and pen test for both adults and children. In this presentation, participants will consider:

  • What are the benefits of placement testing to teachers and students?
  • Are online placement tests reliable and accurate?
  • What practical factors should be taken into account when choosing online placement tests, and what pitfalls should be avoided?

Examples will be given from oxfordenglishtesting.com, a placement testing and exam practice website that now includes online placement testing for young learners.

Oliver Bayley is the Learning and Assessment Manager at Oxford University Press Japan. A graduate of the University Of Birmingham, his interests include CALL, Learning Management Systems, online gaming, and assessment.

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

Cost: free

Venue: Seinan Gakuen University Community Center 2F Meeting Room (map to the venue). Near Nishijin Subway station.

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

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