Departmental Bulletin Paper 0verview of the Major Researches on TOEIC Tests in University English Curricula 

下村, 冬彦  ,  Fuyu, SHIMOMURA

Recent trends of including TOEIC preparation into general English curriculum at higher educational institutions in Japan have further accelerated as most college graduates need to have certain TOEIC scores to launch thier career paths after graduation. To better understand the current situation surrounding TOEIC test in Japanese universities and identify its future directions, this paper explores: 1) how TOEIC was introduced to university English curricula, 2) the criticisms against teaching TOEIC preparation classes in general English curricula, 3) what has been researched about the effective pedagogies for university TOEIC preparation classes and 4) the areas that require further researches.

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