The first half of this workshop walked participants through the new test format of the TOEIC (Listening and Reading) test, clarifying the main changes and highlighting the implications for test takers and teachers. It also presented some approaches to overcoming the problems Japanese learners are likely to face.
The second part of the presentation provided an overview of tasks included on the soon to be introduced TOEIC: Speaking and Writing test. The presenter focused on the challenges these are likely to present, and the skills students will need to score well on these components.
The seminar gave participants hands-on experience with new test items providing specific knowledge and skills that students will need to get the correct answers as well as practical techniques for teachers to help develop that knowlege and those skills. The seminar also touched on areas related to course design, handling mixed ability classes and factors to consider when choosing class materials.