Author Archives: mikenix1

The importance of TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS

This article discusses 5 questions about these tests: How accurate are these tests? How useful are they? How does one best prepare for them? Who should take them? How accurate are TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS? You can also listen to a reading of the … Continue reading

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Examining university English entrance exams

This article by Michael Guest discusses what the purpose of English entrance exams should be and suggest some ways to improve them by making them test real world English competence, ability to communicate, a range of language skills, academic ability … Continue reading

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Not guilty as charged: Do the university entrance exams in Japan affect what is taught?

This short academic article by Michael Stout argues that although English entrance exams for university have often been blamed for causing problems with English teaching in Japan, entrance exams these days actually have little negative or positive effect on the … Continue reading

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TOEIC’s popularity on the rise

This article looks at the increasing numbers of people taking the TOEIC test, as it challenges Eiken, at companies that use TOIEC as a measure of English ability, and at universities that support their students in studying for or taking … Continue reading

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TOEIC revisions mean big change in English study

This article looks at changes to the TOIEC test in 2006, mainly including British, American, Canadian and Australian accents, and the argument that this makes the test more authentic, as well as the increasing use of TOEIC by companies in … Continue reading

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Why do English teachers have to be native speakers?

In Japan, North -American and British varieties of English, and exams largely based on then such as TOEIC and TOEFL have been the standard for learning English. This article looks at how English teachers from India and the Philippines are … Continue reading

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Education for All

This is a 2008 report by the Fijian government on education in Fiji, that has short sections on the language situation in Fiji on page 12 and language issues in education on page 31. Read the report.

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