ETS® TOEFL® Logo eNews Update
August 2012

The TOEFL® program has some new and exciting announcements, including the use of biometric voice identification software to maintain fair and reliable TOEFL testing, and the launch of the TOEFL® Search Service.

Also read about the upcoming professional development workshops conducted by the TOEFL program. Workshops are offered in more than seven countries in upcoming months.

Be sure to check out the TOEFL iBT® Online Prep Course, an official online test prep product available for institutions to help prepare their students for the TOEFL test. And don't forget to post your video on the TOEFL® TV page on YouTube® to gain exposure to over one million potential students.

We hope you'll find these stories interesting and informative — and we welcome any feedback.


Eileen Tyson
Executive Director of Global Client Relations, ETS
Biometric Voice Identification Software Implemented to Increase Test Security.

The TOEFL program released a press announcement introducing the use of biometric voice identification to maintain fair and reliable TOEFL testing. Similar to the highly advanced speaker identification platforms used by government and law enforcement agencies, the software uses statistical pattern matching techniques, advanced voice classification methods, and inputs from multiple systems to compare speech samples from TOEFL test takers. The speaker identification system offers the ability to create voice prints for detailed analysis to validate the identity of TOEFL test takers. The new technology will be used as part of test security investigations in 2012 and, beginning in 2013, will gradually be used on a larger scale.

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TOEFL Scholarships Awarded in Five Countries.

TOEFL scholarships were awarded to 95 students at ceremonies in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in July. Established in 2009, the ETS scholarship program recognizes academic excellence of TOEFL® test takers. Scholarships were awarded to high-performing students studying in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States during scholarship ceremonies in July. These students were rated based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, essay response and TOEFL scores.

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Visit the TOEFL and GRE® Tests at European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference in Dublin, Ireland — September 11–14, 2012!

September 2012 witnesses the return of the EAIE International Education Conference, this year in Dublin, Ireland. The EAIE conference is an arena for extensive discussions on the current challenges and opportunities in international education. This year's conference focuses on ‘Rethinking Education and Reshaping Economies' and ETS is a proud platinum sponsor. If you are planning on attending the conference, please visit us at booth 146 to learn about the many new developments at ETS for the TOEFL and GRE® tests!

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Ecuador to Use the TOEFL Test to Measure Abilities of English Teachers.

In an effort to improve English-language learning opportunities for all students, Ecuador's Ministry of Education announced that the TOEFL test will measure the abilities of public teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

"Providing all students with the opportunity to learn English is a priority for the Ministry of Education," commented Gloria Vidal, Ecuador's Minister of Education. "The TOEFL test offers a reliable measure to diagnose the current knowledge of English of Ecuador's EFL public teachers. The test will provide valuable information that will allow us to design professional development opportunities for teachers to attain the necessary level of proficiency to educate our children. We look forward to working collaboratively with all teachers to help them reach the Ministry's English-language standards."

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Register for a TOEFL Professional Development Workshop.

The TOEFL program is offering Propell® workshops across seven countries in the upcoming months. Countries include Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Poland. The Propell workshop is a one-day professional development program designed to help English-language teachers meet the challenges of teaching English as a second language to students. The workshop uses examples from the TOEFL iBT® Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing test sections. It provides instructional techniques and strategies for using the integrated-skills approach to teaching language and for preparing students for success.

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TOEFL TV — Get Exposure to Over 1 Million and Counting!

Millions of people around the world are studying English to help them achieve their academic and career goals. The TOEFL TV channel on YouTube is for them, and for you. It's a place to learn, share and grow.

Institutions from all over the world are sharing their tips to help improve English skills. Currently, over 25 institutions in Australia and New Zealand have shared their videos. In fact, the TOEFL TV channel has reached over 1 million views!

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New TOEFL iBT Online Prep Course for Your Institution.

The new TOEFL iBT Online Prep Course creates a personalized learning path with up to 80 hours of content to help your students do their best on the TOEFL test. Included as part of the prep course are diagnostic tests, robust exercises, interactive vocabulary, test-taking strategies, self-assessments and a grade book. There are also management tools that allow institutions to create and manage instructor-led classes.

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Visit the TOEFL Program at Upcoming Events.

The TOEFL program will be attending conferences all over the world. Be sure to stop by our booths, speak to a representative and get information on the latest TOEFL developments.

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Inside the TOEFL Test is a series of five videos providing an in-depth review of the Writing and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT® test. Our video for this month features the Integrated Speaking questions about campus situations. The video focuses on how the questions are structured and what they're asking, how to approach the questions, and how responses are scored. The video will also look at a sample response that received a high score, and provide some tips for improving speaking skills.

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