Japan’s ASCII Raises Good Questions About English Proficiency Assessment

Good Questions About English Proficiency Assessment - ASCII Coverage of Pearson English Business Solutions

ASCII Coverage of Pearson English Business Solutions

Good Questions About English Proficiency Assessment – ASCII Coverage of Pearson English Business Solutions

It’s always interesting to see the International perspective on learning English. This week Japan’s ASCII looked at TOEIC, from the Education Testing Service, which is primarily used in Japan and South Korea to gauge English proficiency.

I think Mr. Morita has a point, in that TOEIC only tests one aspect of English proficiency. At Pearson English, we believe that organizations need to empower individuals to attain proficiency that matches their work, the context of the job. The like the idea of “Language Strategy” because we see language as a strategic capability, just like manufacturing or retail storefronts. If you don’t recognize the strategic importance of language, and you fail to invest to make it a world-class capability, you risk that your organization will loose out to those that do.

Here is a translation of the entire ASCII article (for the original click here).


Date: 2015/07/10

Tips on when a colleague brags about their TOEIC score

It is common that a colleague brags about their TOEIC score. Personally, I do not have a high score so I get impressed, but at the same time, I question the real value of achieving a high TOEIC score.

According to the  Silicon Valley-based e-learning company which provides “Pearson English Business Solutions”, unfortunately TOEIC is not a score that is recognized globally.

Most TOEIC students are from Japan and South Korea. Even taking out the average value of the score, it’s hard to say this is a global test.

You might say that it is good as a basis for calculating the basic level of English skill, but it is not sufficient to measure how well one can communicate/interact within multinational companies. Pearson also provides TOEIC course, but it’s only positioned as part of their education offerings.

Pearson is a company that has been providing English education as a part of human resource management solutions. It provides solutions as part of human resource assessment and development for the human resources department.

The need of English skill/vocabulary differs among diverse departments or careers – For example when giving a presentation or providing customer support in English.

Pearson’s solution is adopted by various multinational corporations. This is because all of the employees are required to be able to communicate at the same level.

For example, Pearson has been adopted by information companies such as Thomson Reuters. Apparently they position English education as “Language Strategy” in order to win competition. It is an amazing world.

Pearson has also conducted various tests as part of the English education. Since the solution itself is employed in multinational companies, Pearson is proud that the evaluation of the score has become global in nature.