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Closing Ceremony and Awarding Ceremony for TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 in Hochiminh City

Hochiminh City, November 11th 2013, the Department of Education and Training Hochiminh City partnered with IIG Vietnam – the only official representative of ETS in Vietnam – held the “Closing Ceremony and Awarding Ceremony” for TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013. The ceremony with presence of representatives from the Department of Education and Training Hochiminh City, representatives from secondary schools with high achievements and students who participated in the challenge made a good impression on public. This year is the second time TOEFL Junior Challenge was held but it is the first time the competition was held on a national scale. 

 

Overview of Awarding ceremony of TOEFL Junior challenge 2013 at HCM Department of Education and Training Hall

TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 is the very first English-language competition in Vietnam that used the standardized tests created by ETS such as the TOEFL Junior test and the TOEFL Practice Online (TPO) to assess the language ability of the students. TOEFL Junior Test is the most accurate testing tool to measure the English-proficiency level of the students from secondary school to high school. TOEFL Junior was researched and developed by ETS, taking into consideration all the differences in academic, social, biological, psychological issues as well as the living environment of the teenagers around the world. TOEFL Junior is an effective tool to both evaluate the English-proficiency of the young learners and also to assess the progress of development and help improve their skills along the way. Using the score report of TOEFL Junior, students and their parents can measure their ability, then build up their own study path and study goal for the future while the schools can use this score to arrange and classify their students, track their progress and also evaluate the efficiency of the teaching methods so that they can modify and adjust accordingly.

 

Overview of Awarding ceremony of TOEFL Junior challenge 2013 at HCM Department of Education and Training Hall

In Hochiminh City, TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 was jointly held by IIG Vietnam and the Department of Education and Training Hochiminh City. After being announced, the competition has attracted attentions from more than 21 thousands participants from 600 secondary schools in the 3 main areas (North, South and Middle of Vietnam). Especially in Hochiminh City, there was 16 thousands of students signing up for the competition. For the National Final Round, Hochiminh City contributed 124 students from 44 schools, which take up to 58 percent of the numbers of students attending the Final Round. After the Final Round, the Organizing Committee chose top 102 best contestants, among which 64 of them also belong to Hochiminh City. This year, the National champion went to Nguyen Dinh Song Phuong – a student (born in year 1999) from Phan Boi Chau Middle School, Tan Phu District, Hochiminh City. In Hochiminh City, the Organizing Committee also chose the top 10 schools with the highest achievement, including: Nguyen Du, Tran Dai Nghia, Kim Dong (District 5), The Asian International School, Nguyen Van To, Canada International School, Vietnam Australia International School, Le Van tam, Le Anh Xuan (Tan Phu District) and Phan Boi Chau (Tan Phu District).

 

Top Best schools in TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 – Hochiminh got cups and gifts from Mr. Le Hong Son (Director of HCM DOET) and Mr. Doan Hong Nam (IIG Vietnam’s President)

About the national championship prize for individual contestant, TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 will give out:

- First Prize: a laptop HP Probook P4440s i5, a full scholarship to study English at ILA Institute, gifts and certificate from the organizing committee of the competition.

- 4 Second Prizes: each will receive a Sumo V8403 cellphone and a half-full scholarship to study English at ILA institute, gifts and certificate from the organizing committee of the competition.

- 21 Third Prizes: each will receive a Microsoft Office Specialist test, a scholarship to study English at ILA Institute, gifts and certificate from the organizing committee of the competition.

- 76 Consolation Prizes: each will receive a scholarship to study English at ILA Institute, gifts and certificate from the organizing committee of the competition.

 

Mr. Le Hong Son (Director of HCM DOET) and Mr. Doan Hong Nam (IIG Vietnam’s President) awarding for the Champion of TOEFL Junior Challenge 2013 – Nguyen Dinh Song Phuong (student of Phan Boi Chau secondary school, Tan Phu Dist., HCM)

Besides all the prizes mentioned above, 21 best contestants in the South Vietnam will also receive scholarships at YOLA Institute and certificates from the organizing committee while all the finalists will receive certificate and gifts from the organizing committee. More importantly, all the students participated in the First Round will receive the TOEFL Junior score report  provided by ETS.

After having a conversation with the press, Mr. Doan Hong Nam – President of IIG Vietnam -  expressed his thoughts: “TOEFL Junior Challenge is being held to provide a healthy playground and to create more attractive and entertaining activities for both students and teachers. This competition also helps facilitate the quality of teaching and learning English in secondary school in Vietnam. As the only official representative of ETS in Vietnam, IIG Vietnam is very proud and honored to be part of this education development process so that Vietnam can catch up with the rest of the world. IIG Vietnam also commits to be fair and objective in the process of organizing the events so that TOEFL Junior Challenge will become one of the most valued and memorable social events for all the middle school students.”

 

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