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October 25, 2010

Roundup: Robots teaching TOEFL at TESCO? iPads help taxi drivers, English hunted, ELT charity quiz...

robot.jpg ETS has announced that the TOEFL has had over 25 million test takers since it was introduced in 1964. In Korea, supermarket chain TESCO is offering English lessons in its stores to attract customers...possibly some of which are being offered by English-teaching robots as these are becoming popular in Korea... In Tokyo, one taxi firm is testing equipping taxi drivers with iPads and using VoIP to help them with English-speaking customers; tourist attractions will appear on the screen...Taxi drivers can now proceed to get lost without the assistance of communication problems. Back in the UK, The English Project, a charity dedicated to promoting the language, is compiling a list of the 100 most important events and places which have made English what it is today.

And this site has announced that it will sponsor a Charity ELT Quiz at the Tokyo ETJ Expo on Saturday, November 6th... winners of the quiz will have 50,000 yen donated to the charity of their choice. Details tomorrow!

Reported by: Russell Willis

See also:
TOEFL
TESCO
Robots
The Hunt for English

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