Tag Archives: Testing of English

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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Japan far behind in global language of business

This article compares attitudes to and policies for learning and using English in Japan with Korea, and China, looking at issues such as study abroad in English-speaking countries, English classes at elementary school level, English in business, and testing of … Continue reading

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English big business, and growing

This article looks at how private companies are providing English education for elementary school children now the government has made it an objective to develop the English of firth and six grade students, particularly Benesse corporation which teaches English to 1 … Continue reading

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