TOEFL center to be set up
The US-based test developer that administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will set up a resource center in Taiwan to help test-takers improve their academic English proficiency and provide assistance to people wishing to study at US universities, the organization said on Wednesday. Education Testing Service (ETS) will set up a Taipei center, the 12th of its kind worldwide, this year to help people improve their ability to use and understand English in an academic setting and enhance academic exchanges, said Mohammad Kousha, executive director of ETS’ global division. Lin Wen-tong (林文通), director of the Ministry of Education’s Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations, said the ministry hopes more students will pursue advanced studies overseas.
Drumming up a record
A drumming performance involving 1,000 people is scheduled for June 23 in Xinzhuang, New Taipei City (新北市), with the goal of setting a world record for the most people playing drums at the same time, an official said yesterday. The performance, part of celebrations for the Dragon Boat Festival, will “allow the world to see a great city,” said Lin Chien-chi (林倩綺), chief of the city’s Cultural Affairs Department. The drums used for the performance were created by city government staff by remodeling trumpets and decorating them with totems of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, Lin said. About 1,400 people have registered to participate in the event. They will have to ensure that they play the drums synchronously to the rhythm of a piece of music that runs for more than five minutes. A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be present to verify the achievement.