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It is imperative that Starbucks’ employees have a working knowledge of the English language in order to communicate with overseas partners and offices

The test has also helped Starbucks focus on the individual needs of their employees, improving the average TOEIC score from intermediate to an upper-intermediate level.

Challenge

Since opening its first coffee shop in 1971, Starbucks Corporation has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in the world, with over 20,000 locations in 60+ countries as of December 2013. Their vast selection of beverages and food items are enjoyed by millions of people every day, and the company continues to expand into new territories every year.

 

One of the places they have expanded to is Brasil, with the first two Starbucks in the country opening in Sao Paolo in 2006. Although Portuguese is the official language of Brasil, it is imperative that Starbucks’ employees have a working knowledge of the English language in order to communicate with overseas partners and offices. However, English-language studies are not part of the curriculum in most Brasilian public and private schools so many college graduates do not have the English skills necessary to succeed in an international workplace. This requires companies to invest in English-language training. According to Thiago Panicacci, former Head of Human Resources for Starbucks Brasil, “The level of English measured during the hiring process is usually enough for basic and written communications, but it definitely creates barriers when the employee needs to talk to colleagues overseas, give a presentation to our board of directors, or when meeting foreign visitors.” Because of this challenge, Starbucks Brasil needed to improve the English-language proficiency of its top and middle management.

Solution

 Starbucks Brasil has begun using the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test to assess the English-language proficiency of its top and middle management. Select employees then participate in a 120-hour guided-study program, for which Starbucks uses the TOEIC Listening and Reading test to measure participant progress. Additionally, Starbucks Brasil has begun using the TOEIC test as a criteria for internal promotions for higher level positions.

 Result

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test provides Starbucks Brasil with an accurate picture of its employees’ Englishlanguage proficiency. According to Thiago Panicacci, “The TOEIC test is a global measurement tool which brings trust and transparency in its results. It helps Starbucks make important decisions regarding the investment needed for every partner at the managerial level.” The test has also helped Starbucks focus on the individual needs of their employees by being able to reliably measure and easily track their progress with a TOEIC score. TOEIC scores are also used to determine whether employees are eligible to receive a 100% grant for the language training. The test has helped Starbucks focus on the individual needs of their employees, improving the average TOEIC score from intermediate to an upper-intermediate level.

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It is imperative that Starbucks’ employees have a working knowledge of the English language in order to communicate with overseas partners and offices

The test has also helped Starbucks focus on the individual needs of their employees, improving the average TOEIC score from intermediate to an upper-intermediate level.

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St. Jude Catholic School aces TOEFL® Junior with Perfect Scorers

Saint Jude Catholic School (SJCS) has recently introduced the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) Junior to its students to globally certify their communication skills and produced 38 perfect scorers in its October 2019 test.

For 58 years, SJCS has been committed to providing quality and relevant education. In line with this, the school makes sure that they offer assessments to help make each student be globally competitive. In 2019, SJCS started offering the TOEFL® Junior to its students to align their communication skills to international standards and to promote an English proficient culture.

The assessment was offered as part of the SJCS premier education program to help students measure and improve their communication skills, marking their preparation for future assessments and global certification as they enter senior high school. 609 students took the assessment and 38 achieved perfect scores.

Some of the 2019 TOEFL® Junior Perfect Scorers are: Ivie Nyrelle Adiong, Eirah Mehriell Ang, Princess Ang, Ghenelle Angsanto, Daphne Chua Bernardo, Jason Teng Callano, Jeanne Gapuz, Paulyn Antoinette Kho, Kian Colin Ng Chua, Krystel Beatrix Lao, Nina Kirsten Lao, Walsh Nico Letran, Andrea Nicole Cu Lim, Bianca Lim, Raizel Jen Elyza Lim, Erin Fenix Mauricio, Maria Angelica Go Niu, Ayisha Ong, Eiress Ong, Jasmine Eve Ong, Vin Cedric Ong, Janshien Pajaron, Lauren Reyes, Jade Santos, Ricci Michaela Ang Su, Cody Jerard Sy, Megan Samantha Te, Maxine Young, and Patricia Elizabeth Yu.

The TOEFL® assessment is the most widely respected English-language test worldwide and is recognized by over 8,500 institutions including universities and colleges in Australia, Canada, UK, and the United States. It serves as a credential for students to be able to study abroad and receive scholarships. TOEFL® Primary tests are designed for students ages 8+ and measure the English communication skills that provide a foundation for students' future success. Intended for students ages 11+, the TOEFL Junior® tests are an objective, reliable measure of your students' English communication skills that can help pinpoint strengths and challenges in English communication. TOEFL® ITP tests are administered to ages 15+ to measure English listening and reading ability, as well as knowledge of Structure and Written Expression, in both academic and social contexts. There's a TOEFL® test for every stage of English-language proficiency to guide learning, inform teaching and help students achieve academic goals.

Saint Jude Catholic School has adopted the TOEFL® assessment, alongside many universities and colleges to ensure the global competitiveness of their students.

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