SOURCE: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

October 31, 2011 03:00 ET

The TOEFL® Program Offers First-Ever Professional Development Workshop in Poland for English-Language Professionals

Propell® Workshop Offered on November 25 in Warsaw

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2011) - For the first time in Poland, ETS will host a professional development workshop offering an in-depth look at the TOEFL iBT® test. Designed specifically for English-language instructors, the workshop offers hands-on, innovative strategies for teachers in preparing students for the TOEFL test.

The full-day session will take place on Friday, November 25 at the ETS Global BV Eastern Europe office in Warsaw. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. and will provide an extensive review of the TOEFL test while offering educators a platform to discuss successes and challenges in advancing English-language skills for students.

The one-day workshop will offer instructional techniques and learning activities for English-language instructors to use in the classroom to build an engaging TOEFL iBT curriculum to effectively prepare students for test day. Led by an ETS-trained specialist, and based on the integrated-skills approach, the workshop 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 in scoring sample test-taker responses
  • an engaging discussion on practical applications to guide classroom instruction

"The Propell workshop offers an interactive and engaging venue for teachers to expand their knowledge base of the TOEFL iBT test and share best practices on English-language learning," commented Maria-Victoria Calabrese, Academic and Government Relations Director, ETS Global. "ETS is happy to meet the requests from the English-language learning teaching community and offer the workshop in Poland. It is our goal that each participant will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the TOEFL test and at least three concrete strategies that they can implement in the classroom the following day."

More information regarding the November 25 Propell Workshop, including registration, can be obtained by emailing toeflinfo@etsglobal.org. Each conference participant will receive a workshop manual and a certificate of attendance.

Universities interested in hosting a Propell workshop for their staff also should contact toeflinfo@etsglobal.org.

About the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language assessment in the world, recognized by more than 8,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing sites in more than 165 countries. To date, more than 25 million students around the world have taken the TOEFL test.

About ETS
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. www.ets.org

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