May 2011 Workshops on English Language Learning and TOEIC Tests

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be sponsoring two full-day workshops at its campus in Princeton, NJ, on May 10 and 11, 2011. These Propell ™ workshops focus on means of preparing individuals for the TOEIC Listening & Reading and TOEIC Speaking & Writing tests and on improving language learning with new instructional tools and strategies.

Propell ™ workshops are rarely held (no additional U.S. events are currently scheduled). This is also the first time training has been offered for U.S. English language teachers related to the TOEIC Speaking & Writing test, newly introduced to the United States late last year. TOEIC tests are the world’s leading assessment of real world English skills for business and the workplace, taken by over 6 million individuals each year and used by over 10,000 employers and other institutions.

Enrollment will be limited to fifteen teachers/trainers in order to allow sharing of ideas and interactive work with ETS expert trainers. Attendees will return to their centers with an in-depth workshop manual; TOEIC score descriptors; activity books, practice test books, and audio CDs for use with students; and certificates of workshop completion as well as new ideas to develop curricula for practical English skills.

The first workshop will focus primarily on means of improving student listening and reading skills, the second on speaking and writing skills. The information will be of value whether or not your English center offers/teaches to the TOEIC Listening & Reading and TOEIC Speaking & Writing tests; the workshops provide strategies and ideas useful in any language teaching environment.

Teachers can choose to attend one or both workshops. Tuition, materials, and some meals are provided without cost and rooms are available in the Chauncey Conference Center for $149 per night.

The application deadline for these workshops is March 31, 2011. There is some flexibility in this deadline for individuals not planning to stay at the Chauncey Center. However, please e-mail the English4Success Division at AMIDEAST at  toeic@amideast.org now with a quick statement on preliminary interest at your center so that the workshop can be planned to best address all participant backgrounds and needs.

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