[Bionews] ETS announcement

Novak, Jakub jnovak at ets.org
Mon Oct 17 15:43:36 EST 2005

On behalf of Educational Testing Service, I would like to post an announcement that might be of interest to faculty or students as an opportunity to do freelance work that draws on their academic expertise. The announcement has already been posted on H-SCI-MED-TECH (part of H-Net), and it has generated interest there.

The announcement:
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is recruiting academics to provide authentic-sounding lecture samples. We need 10-minute recordings on subjects from various academic fields. The "lecturer" can be a graduate student or a professor, anyone who is able to speak on the subject with authority. The 10-minute "mini-lectures" will serve as a basis to prepare scripts for the Listening Comprehension section of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). ETS pays $250 for every accepted mini-lecture.

Please contact Kele Marsters at kmarsters at ets.org <mailto:kmarstes at ets.org>  for more information.

Let me give you some background information: As you probably know, ETS creates standardized tests for various purposes. One of our tests is TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a test administered to non-native English speakers who wish to study at North American colleges. Accordingly, TOEFL tests language used in North American college environment. In the Listening Comprehension part of TOEFL, for example, we ask test takers to listen to an excerpt from an academic lecture and then answer questions about it. To make our "mini-lectures" sound as authentic as possible, we have been recording academics lecturing on subjects in their fields of expertise, and using the lecture transcripts as a basis for our mini-lecture scripts. However, since we need many more recordings than we have, we decided to recruit academics to send us tapes with lecture samples they narrated and recorded themselves. We pay a fee for each sample we accept. 

Jakub Novák
Educational Testing Service and Princeton University

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