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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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Saint Pedro Poveda College Continues Tradition of Excellence with TOEFL

How can we best prepare students for success? Saint Pedro Poveda College believes in providing a holistic curriculum aligned with global standards.

Established in 1960 as Institución Teresiana, Saint Pedro Poveda College is a Catholic learning community that upholds the vision of education for the transformation of Philippine society as it develops the best minds with hearts grounded on Christian faith and values. The Povedan curriculum is designed towards the development of the whole person in a constantly changing environment.

For over 60 years, Saint Pedro Poveda College has been committed to empowering students to be leaders for social transformation. In line with this, the school implements a high-quality curriculum aligned with global standards that prepares students for a successful transition to college. To set and provide the highest standards in education, Saint Pedro Poveda College continuously benchmark and partner with trusted institutions to improve its academic offerings with internationally recognized programs that build college readiness and success, implementing Advanced Placement classes, Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), and more recently, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assessments.

“To thrive in the 21st century and the new normal, our students must be able to adapt to changes and adopt new ways of knowing, being, doing, understanding and leading. That is why we are committed to providing the highest quality of K-12 education available. The TOEFL assessment provides students with a globally recognized credential that complements their learning. This is key to ensuring our students are accepted to top universities here and abroad – our way of ensuring our students continue to succeed in college and the real world,” Basic Education Principal Alicia Camitan shares.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) assessment is the most widely respected Academic English Test of Proficiency recognized by over 14,000 universities and colleges across the globe. It is an objective measure of English proficiency in 3 different skill sets such as reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and structure and written expression. Results from the TOEFL® assessments provide administrators, faculty members, and other educational partners at Saint Pedro Poveda College, the right tools to identify areas that need support and reinforcement, allowing teachers to customize lessons based on the needs of their students.

Saint Pedro Poveda College has taken the first step to certify its students’ English proficiency in its quest to provide excellent transformative education. To ensure your institution is on par with the rest of the world, utilize global certifications such as TOEFL® and TOEIC®. Visit hopkins.ph to know how.

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