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education Updated: Jun 22, 2011 09:49 IST
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TOEFL offers free teacher workshops


ETS, the creator of the TOEFL test, has announced that complimentary Propell workshops for the TOEFL iBT test will be held in Mumbai, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Delhi this month.



The informative sessions provide hands-on teaching strategies for English language professionals at the university level in preparing students for the TOEFL iBT test.



The workshops offer concrete techniques and activities for English language instructors to use in the classroom to build an engaging TOEFL iBT curriculum to effectively prepare students for test day.



The one-day sessions, led by Phallis Vaughter, a senior TOEFL iBT expert from ETS’s headquarters in Princeton, will include a comprehensive overview of the TOEFL iBT test, a detailed review of the scoring guidelines for the writing and speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test, practice scoring sample test-taker responses and an engaging discussion on practical


applications to guide classroom instruction.



The full-day workshops will be available to English teachers on: June 22 in Mumbai at The Concord II, The Ramada Plaza Palm Grove; June 24 in Bangalore at The Chancery Pavilion; June 28 in Visakhapatnam at The Park, and June 30 in Delhi at The Dome, The Taj Ambassador.



Each conference participant will receive a workshop manual and a certificate of attendance.



More information can be obtained by contacting Geraldine DeBrass-Ee by phone at 09379915371 or via email at

Geraldine@the-practice.net

.



Additional information regarding the TOEFL test is available on the website

www.TOEFLgoanywhere.org


IGNOU’s Community College finds home in Manesar



Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently inaugurated the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU’s) Harayana IGNOU Community College, Institute for Competency Advancement of Teachers (iCAT) and a new teaching block at Government Polytechnic, Manesar.



Under this collaboration between IGNOU and Haryana Community college, twenty new courses will soon be introduced on security, automobiles repair, fabrication, electrical, electronics, information and communication technology, printing, garments, fire safety management, water harvesting management, tourism and hotel management, foreign language (Spanish and French), paralegal, beautician, creative writing and communication skills, construction design, transport management and conductor training, retailing management.



However, to launch with, initially five courses have been introduced: diploma in BPO, finance and accounting, fire safety, security management, front office management and housekeeping.



These are tailor made courses that are already certified by IGNOU. Dozens of skills are being identified by collecting information regarding their employability in the area and are likely to be launched shortly.



“We started this scheme of community colleges under public initiative to chalk out a programme for skill developmentin the country. It is an autonomous society created by the university to provide vocational education, skill upgradation and training which will help the country to answer the problem of skill deficit,” Prof VN Rajasekharan Pillai, vice chancellor, IGNOU, said.

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