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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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Gentry International Technical College Champions English Proficiency in Central Luzon

In today’s fast-changing world, fluency in English is becoming more and more important. For non-native speakers, learning the English language can broaden the mind, enhance personal profile, and open more academic and career opportunities.

Established in 2015 initially as English as a Second Language tutorial center for the Korean expatriate community in Angeles City, Pampanga, Gentry International Technical College has expanded to become a specialty international school offering excellent Senior High School Education, with the following programs focus on: Arts and Design, Culinary, Sports, GAS integrated with a first rate ESL program.

In its commitment to equip students with theoretical and practical skills aligned with global standards, Gentry International Technical College partners with Hopkins International Partners, Inc. to strengthen its students’ education and provide them with a global certification for English proficiency.

“GIT College is not a big school. But what we lack in numbers, we make up for quality. Our class set-up is kept small to ensure our students develop the skills needed to be globally competitive. The TOEFL assessment strengthens our ESL program and provides our students with internationally recognized certificates that will help them be accepted and thrive in top universities abroad,” GIT College Administrator Lady Linn Mallen shares.

The partnership provides GIT College senior high school students with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) assessment, the most widely respected English language tests recognized by universities and colleges across 150 countries, including Australia, Canada, UK, and the United States. Results from the TOEFL® assessments enables GIT College to benchmark scores with global standards and customize goals, allowing teachers and students to monitor progress, and take proactive steps to improve communication skills. The test provides students with a certificate that can be used for their college applications.

Besides providing its students with global certifications, the partnership accredits GIT College as an official TOEIC® testing center in Pampanga. Foreign nationals and Filipinos in Central Luzon in need of TOEIC® exams may book an exam schedule at the GIT College.

“We share the vision of Hopkins International Partners, Inc. to promote English language proficiency in the country, starting with our students. The TOEFL® assessment opens new doors of academic opportunities to our students, just as much as TOEIC® provides career prospects to adults,” Mallen explains.

GIT College has taken the first step to certify its students’ English proficiency in its quest to provide excellent international education. To ensure your institution is at 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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