Educational Testing Service

August 24, 2011 20:00 ET

Free TOEFL® Workshops for English-Language Professionals in Japan

Professional Development Sessions Offered in Tokyo and Kyoto

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - ETS, the creator of the TOEFL® test, announced today that complimentary Propell ® workshops for the TOEFL iBT ® test will be held in Tokyo and Kyoto. The informative sessions provide hands-on teaching strategies for English-language instructors at the high school or university levels in preparing students for the TOEFL iBT test.

The workshops offer English-language instructors concrete techniques and activities to use in the classroom for building an engaging TOEFL iBT curriculum that effectively prepares students for test day. The one-day sessions, led by Valerie Becker, a senior TOEFL iBT expert, will include a comprehensive overview of the TOEFL iBT test, a detailed review of the scoring guidelines for the Writing and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test, practice scoring sample test-taker responses and an engaging discussion on practical applications to guide classroom instruction. The full-day workshops will be available to English teachers on:

  • September 17 in Tokyo at the Kodomo-no-shiro
  • September 19 in Kyoto at the Kyoto Research Park

"The workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn about the TOEFL iBT test directly from a senior assessment specialist from Educational Testing Service's headquarters," commented Teresa Sanchez-Lazer, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program. "We look forward to the exchange of innovative ideas and concrete strategies for English-language teachers to implement in the classroom to assist Japanese students in strengthening their English skills."

Each conference participant will receive a workshop manual and a certificate of attendance. More information regarding the upcoming Propell workshops can be obtained by phone at +81-3-5467-5477, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Tokyo time) or via email at Additional information regarding the TOEFL test is available at

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At 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 as a nonprofit 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.

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