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October 11, 2000

TOEIC® Business Idioms from Silicon Valley

The Chauncey Group International®
Telephone: (609) 720-6500
664 Rosedale Road Fax: (609) 720-6550
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Chyn,
(609) 720-6558
October 11, 2000
E-mail: schyn@chauncey.com
Helping Individuals Succeed . . .

TOEIC Business Idioms from Silicon Valley

Designed to Help Non-native English Speakers

Princeton, NJ, In this fast-moving era of global deals and e-Business, skills in idiomatic English are more important than ever. With this in mind, The Chauncey Group International® has teamed up with Peterson's and AmEnglish.com® to produce TOEIC® Business Idioms from Silicon Valley, an invaluable guide to understanding and using colloquial English as practiced in today's high-tech businesses and fast-paced industries.

This book and audio CD combination explores 100 modern business idioms, complete with definitions, pronunciation tips, practice exercises and quizzes. It is designed for use by groups or by individuals who are in, or about to enter, the global workplace and for whom English is not a native language. Written by Kathy L. Hans of AmEnglish.com®, each chapter in the 200-page book addresses a different grouping of idioms that apply to various industries. Each idiom is framed in an authentic business context in both text and audio format. Many idioms, including terms like "dot.commers," "multi-tasking," and "plug-and-play," are related to the information technology industry. Others are idioms frequently used in today's business world, terms like "a win-win situation," "back to square one," and "walk the talk."

"TOEIC Business Idioms from Silicon Valley is the latest product developed through a strategic partnership formed last year between The Chauncey Group International®, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service® (ETS®), and Peterson's, a division of Thomson Learning. The Chauncey Group's TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication®) is the world's leading measure of general English proficiency in the global workplace and is used by more than 4,000 organizations worldwide. Peterson's is the most trusted source of advice and comprehensive information about education and career opportunities.

"Speaking, in general, and speaking English, in particular, is a key to effective communications in today's workplace," said Susan Chyn, Director of the TOEIC Program at The Chauncey Group. TOEIC® Business Idioms from Silicon Valley helps people to understand the idioms and to use them with confidence in workplace conversations. The combination of visual and audio components helps individuals to learn in whatever way is best for them, and this makes TOEIC® Business Idioms an ideal tool for teachers." Author Kathy Hans of AmEnglish.com noted that "not only are these business idioms fun to learn, but they are critical for full participation in all aspects of the world of work. The ability to understand and use business idioms in the proper context allows a person to be more confident and more effective on the job." "Our partnership with The Chauncey Group continues to be a successful one," said Michael Brannick, president and CEO of Peterson's. "The book's easy-to-read format and emphasis on real business situations is ideal for language learners serious about improving business English competency." TOEIC Business Idioms from Silicon Valley retails for $19.95. Further information may be obtained by calling 607-748-9500, or by sending an e-mail to toeicinusa@aol.com.

The Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service® (ETS®), is the leading provider of certification and licensing examinations for professionals, business and government. With more than 25 years of experience in designing, developing and administering occupational, licensure, certification and professional assessment, The Chauncey Group® has helped customers define competencies and measure those competencies effectively and fairly. The Chauncey Group® administered certification and licensure programs to almost two million candidates via paper-and-pencil, computer-based, and Internet-based testing programs in 30 countries over the past year. The Chauncey Group® is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with offices in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France. For more information, visit www.chauncey.com.

Founded in 1966, Peterson's is the nation's most respected provider of lifelong learning online resources, software, reference guides, and books. The Education SupersiteSM at www.petersons.com - the Internet's most heavily traveled education resource - has searchable databases and interactive tools for contacting U.S.-accredited institutions and programs. CollegeQuestSM (www.collegequest.com) offers a complete solution for every step of the college decision-making process. GradAdvantageā„¢ (www.gradadvantage.org), developed with Educational Testing Service, is the only electronic admissions service capable of sending official graduate test score reports with a candidate's online application. Peterson's serves over 55 million education consumers annually. Peterson's is a division of Thomson Learning, one of the world's largest providers of lifelong learning. Thomson Learning serves the needs of individuals, learning institutions, and corporations with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut with multiple offices worldwide, Thomson Learning is a division of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), one of the world's leading e-information and solutions companies in the business and professional marketplace.

Educational Testing Service® (ETS®) is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in education research. ETS® is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in nearly 200 countries. The organization develops and administers more than 12 million tests worldwide. For more information about ETS®, visit its Web site at ETS®.

AmEnglish.com® is a developer of ESL and EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) computer-based training tools from their offices near Silicon Valley in Pleasanton, California. Their programs have been adopted by universities and businesses in the U.S. and overseas. For more information, visit www.AmEnglish.com.