ETS Hosts High-Profile English Language Learning Symposium to Celebrate the TOEFL® Test's 30th Anniversary in China
Beijing, China (December 14, 2011) —
Leading government officials from China and the United States, world-renowned English language learning experts, and business executives are convening today to discuss best practices, trends, and innovative ideas regarding English language learning as a critical tool to promote China's economic growth and global leadership.
The half-day symposium, English Language Learning: A Key Component for China's Global Competiveness, is co-organized by the National Education Examinations Authority of the MOE, and supported by the U.S. Embassy.
"ETS is very proud of the contributions that we have made to help advance the field of English language learning over the last thirty years in China," commented Walt MacDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ETS. "Today's symposium brings together leaders in various disciplines that play a significant role in the future of English language learning. We look forward to a productive exchange of ideas and discussion of future innovations that will transform the field."
The invitation-only event is taking place at The Beijing Hotel and will feature:
Madame Zhang Xiuqin, Director General, Ministry of Education
Jiang Gang, Director General, National Education Examinations Authority
Walt MacDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ETS
Peter Foyston, CEO, Campbell Swire China
Carola McGiffert, Director, 100,000 Strong Initiative, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Alice Murray, Director, Regional English Language Programs Office, U.S. Embassy Beijing
SHEN Yang, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Education
TANG Xiaofei, TOEFL Brand Director, ETS
XI Xiaoming, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Global Language Assessments Research, ETS
WEN Qiufang, Director, National Research Center for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University
XU Caide, Professor, Beijing Language and Culture University
YU Minhong, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.
ZHAO Han Xi, Executive Director, CITIC Capital Partners
ZONG Wa, Deputy Secretary General, China Education Association for International Exchanges
ZHAO Zhongxiu, Vice President, University of International Business and Economics
More information regarding the TOEFL® test, including sample questions, study tips and registration, is available at www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.org/cn.
About the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English language assessment, recognized by more than 8,000 institutions in more than 130 countries including Australia, the U.K., Canada, and the United States. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing sites in more than 165 countries. To date, more than 25 million students around the world have taken the TOEFL test.