ETS® TOEFL® Logo eNews Update
August 2012

The TOEFL® programme 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 free workshops being conducted by the TOEFL programme and papers being presented at local conferences.

Be sure to check out the TOEFL iBT® Online Prep Course, a new official online test prep 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.

Sincerely,

Helen Cook
TOEFL Client Relations Associate Director — Australasia
hcook@etsglobal.org

TOP NEWS
Biometric Voice Identification Software Implemented to Increase Test Security.

The TOEFL programme 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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NEWS
TOEFL Scholarships Awarded to Two Australia-bound Students.

TOEFL scholarships were awarded to 95 students at ceremonies in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in July. Established in 2009, the ETS scholarship programme recognises 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 the scholarship ceremonies in July. These students were rated based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, essay response and TOEFL scores. Two of these students chose to study in Australia.

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Attend a Free Development Workshop Hosted by the TOEFL Programme.

The TOEFL programme will be hosting free development workshops in Australia. Topics include helping students increase their understanding of textual cohesion, and writing items for the TOEFL iBT speaking section. Check out the descriptions and contact information below.

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Upcoming Conference Events.

The TOEFL programme is hosting events at several conferences in Australia in the upcoming months, including the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) conference, the Training and Further Education (TAFE) conference, the English Australia Conference (EA) and the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) conference. Stop by the presentations or our booth to learn more about the TOEFL test and how it can help your institution.

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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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RESOURCES
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 personalised 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 Programme at Upcoming Events.

The TOEFL programme 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 video — Integrated Speaking.

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.

For a closer look, watch the video now.



Upcoming TOEFL Test Dates.

Below are the upcoming test dates and cities for Australia. Please note that not all test centres participate on every testing date.

Adelaide
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012

Archerfield
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Bankstown
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012

Brisbane
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Canning Vale (Perth)
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Gold Coast
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Highett
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Kensington
Sun., Aug 19, 2012
Sun., Aug 26, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sun., Sep 16, 2012
Sun., Sep 23, 2012
Sun., Oct 28, 2012

Lismore
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Maroochydore
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Melbourne
Sun., Aug 19, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sun., Aug 26, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sun., Sep 16, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sun., Sep 23, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012
Sun., Oct 28, 2012

Parafield
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Perth
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

South Melbourne
Sun., Aug 19, 2012
Sun., Aug 26, 2012
Sun., Sep 16, 2012
Sun., Sep 23, 2012

Sydney
Sun., Aug 19, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sun., Aug 26, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sun., Sep 16, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sun., Sep 23, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012
Sun., Oct 28, 2012

Werribee
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 08, 2012
Sat., Sep 22, 2012
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012


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