Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education Issue 22
2019-03-01 発行

Evaluating the Second Year of a Program that Integrates TOEIC® Speaking and Writing with Small Group Classes

TOEIC S&Wテストを少人数クラスに統合した2年目のプログラムの評価
Lauer, Joe
Selwood, Jaime
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This article builds upon previous research investigating the integration of the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing test with small group classes. The program, HiSPEC, is designed to raise the English abilities of first-year students with the best English skills in their respective faculties. The focus of the article is on teachers’ feedback to the 2017 HiSPEC Writing course, students’ responses to a questionnaire survey, and the students’ TOEIC® S&W test results.
Our findings show that there was a high level of satisfaction for both teachers and students in relation to the HiSPEC Writing course, and that HiSPEC Writing classes were well-regarded by the students in terms of class size, class activities, and materials. Also, regarding the results of the TOEIC® Writing tests held at the beginning and end of the semester, considerable improvement was found in the students’ scores. However, with respect to TOEIC® Speaking test scores, no increase was found.
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