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Saturday, June 16, 2012

TOEFL Workshops with a Fulbright Alumnus, Maryna Lysun

Vinnytsia Information Center ‘Window on America’ is hosting a group of the TOEFL workshops participants who have a chance to try themselves in this examination. 16 June, 2012 became an Introduction on ETS and TOEFL.
A leader of this activity Maryna Lysun, a Fulbright alumnus had her own experience of passing this exam successfully. This time she presented the TOEFL iBT™ test’s design as the result of years of research and development that involved experts in the fields of measurement and language teaching and testing. Maryna L. told about TOEFL types taking into consideration the TOEFL history, the evolution of the TOEFL Test constructs and contents over three stages of development. It could be interesting for you to know that 1964 TOEFL launched based on: teaching practices of the time and theories language abilities.
Before starting this activity the participants told about their intentions to take this test answering the following questions: What do you want to know about TOEFL? Why do you need this information? 
It should be said that the purpose of the TOEFL iBT test is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. Maryna L. admitted the TOEFL iBT scores are primarily used as a measure of the ability of international students to use English in an academic environment. The TOEFL iBT test includes many technological and assessment innovations. It was ended with Q&A. 
If you are interested in these workshops, you are welcome. The next one is 23 June, 2012. A venue is the Information Center “WOA”. The topic of it is the following one: Navigating the ETS and Supporting Websites.
There were 17 attendees of this activity at the Center.

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