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Implementing the TOEFL iBT at British School of Monteria, Columbia

One school's journey towards international education

31 May 2018
Written by Hiole Gonzalez
Classroom

On the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the British School of Monteria, our school’s principal, Margarita Sanin, officially launched the first step towards internationalization of our high school-level students. They would be required to pass the TOEFL iBT to demonstrate their mastery of English to the English academic community, and in order to become high-scholars of our institution.

We proceeded with staff training in English, in two long and exhausting training workshops with Mgs. Jair Ayala Zarate ,the ETS.org area representative.  The aim of the training was to encourage teachers to create learning activities to provide learners with opportunities to interact, which would help the students to develop the skills they needed to successfully communicate in English-speaking academic settings, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and, increasingly, in non-English-speaking countries where English is used as a medium of instruction.

ETS.org has declared that the school is now an approved ETS Certified Test Administration Site and instructional center for the next ten years, fulfilling all the strict requirements in the rather fast period of six months. The TOEFL iBT measures the ability to use and understand English at university level and evaluates how well you can combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

The measure was not very popular, but in June 2017 the first group of 25 students majored to become the first bilingual group certified with the TOEFL iBT. Another group of students are preparing to take the test next April.

At the moment, the British School of Monteria, as part of its contribution to the development of Cordoba and the Caribbean coast, is open as a testing and training center for the local community, the region and the country.

By Hiole C. Gonzalez R, Language Lab Coordinator

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