Clients to discuss the role of English as a tool for global workforce competitiveness
PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-renowned English language learning experts and business executives from Mexico and the United States convened today in Mexico city at Hacienda de los Morales to discuss English language learning as a critical tool for strengthening Mexico's economic and workforce development.
As Educational Testing Service (ETS) and its Country Master Distributor Standard Testing Services (STS) celebrate the TOEIC ® test's 10th anniversary in Mexico, there are almost two billion English-language speakers around the world and nearly five million English-language speakers in Mexico.
"English has become the international language used by people from different geographic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to communicate with each other," says Walt MacDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ETS. "ETS's TOEIC tests measure the specific English skills that Mexican organizations are requiring and we're very proud of the contributions that we have made to help advance the field of English language learning over the last 10 years in Mexico."
ETS began working with STS in 2002 at a time when the TOEIC test was not known in Mexico. Over the last 10 years, STS — a service-oriented company — has developed strong relationships with its clients. Not only are more corporations using the TOEIC test, more institutes of higher education are using the test as an exit requirement in order to provide their graduating students with a competitive edge as they enter the workforce. In addition, the past decade saw the TOEIC and TOEIC Bridge™ tests officially recognized by the Ministry of Education for their CENNI Program (National Certification of Language Levels).
As ETS and STS look ahead, Mexico's federal government has implemented the National English Plan, making English-language teaching in public schools mandatory. As a result, STS will administer the TOEIC Bridge test in several states next year. Furthermore, STS is piloting the TOEIC tests for teachers with several State Ministries of Education for possible implementation next year.
"Although 2013 is a transition year for Mexico, with a new president and party, we are very optimistic that it will be a successful year for STS where we will see a high growth in volume for both the TOEIC and TOEIC Bridge tests," adds Jose Kuribrena, STS President.
About the TOEIC Test
For more than 30 years the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC tests, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are used by more than 10,000 businesses, organizations and government agencies in 120 countries. In 2010, more than six million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, establishing the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program visit www.ets.org/toeic.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org
SOURCE Educational Testing Service