Educational Testing Service

April 14, 2011 10:00 ET

ETS, AmEnglish Launch New App for iPhone® Devices to Improve English-Language Skills

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 14, 2011) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) and® have signed an agreement to develop and market a new iPhone app, Idioms in English, part of the English Skills Series from ETS, maker of the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests.

Idioms in English -- App available for the iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and the iPad® devices -- is designed to improve vocabulary, listening comprehension, and pronunciation in English for nonnative English speakers at and above the intermediate level.

"The app offers English-language learners a mobile platform from which they can practice and refine their conversational English-language skills," Michael Wilcox, ETS Director of Network Planning and Management, Global Division said.

Idioms such as "think out of the box" and "make waves" are used frequently in many forms and mediums in English communication. A lack of idiom comprehension can cause a nonnative English communicator to miss the point of a message.

Idioms in English explains more than 100 idioms through:

  • Stories/dialogues using the idioms in context
  • Audio featuring four different native speakers
  • Multiple-choice quizzes for idiom definitions
  • Definitions, examples and pronunciation practices for each idiom
  • Chapter and final review games with instant scoring
  • Text translations in Korean, Japanese, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese

Idioms in English is available for $4.99 (USD). For more information visit the Apple App Store.

"We are delighted to have our app in the Apple iTunes store," said Kathy L. Hans, Founder of "This streamlined, mobile version of Idioms in English makes it convenient and fun to learn English on the go."

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

About®® provides products and services to improve communication skills for English language learners at the high beginning through advanced level. Hundreds of universities and colleges and thousands of individuals worldwide have successfully used the suite of English-language products. Current products include the online, interactive programs: Pronunciation in English -- High Beginning+ and Intermediate+, Writing in English -- High Beginning+ and Intermediate+, and Idioms in English -- Volume One and Volume Two.

iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.

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