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Kids' Corner

Seminar addresses TOEFL updates for studying in the US

Conference to be held on religion and globalization

Kids' Corner

Marvin has been unwell this week. He had a sore throat so I took him to the doctor. The doctor was very nice to Marvin and he gave him some medicine to make him feel better. Marvin was very brave when the doctor had to give him a shot too. He said that he didn’t mind because it made him feel better.

Have you ever had to go to the doctor? Write to Marvin and tell what happened. You can send your letters to:

Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd.
142 Im-boon Housing Estate, Soi 1, Muangsamut Road, Tambon Changmoi, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50300 Email: [email protected]  Fax: 053 234 145

1) Why do bees have sticky heads?
2) What did the flower say when it fell over?
3) What kind of bow can’t be tied?
4) What is the best year for a kangaroo?

1) Because they use honey combs
2) It’s OK I’m self raising
3) A rainbow
4) A leap year
This week we have a great picture from Brian Woo. He goes is in grade 4.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Seminar addresses TOEFL updates for studying in the US

A seminar on “Study in the USA” and “TOEFL Updates” was organized by IC-ACE, a division of the International Center, Chiang Mai University. Over 40 people attended, with many showing great interest to pursue Masters and Ph.D. degrees in the USA.

Sutthichok Linprasert, IC-ACE vice-president said, “This seminar provided much useful updated information, and the timing is early enough to help those submitting applications later this year.”

The seminar also provided updates on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, a standardized test required by US universities). The speakers explained the TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program), TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Testing), and “Next Generation TOEFL”.

Sutthichok said, “As TOEFL develops its testing protocol, more sections are added. So our advice is to pass the TOEFL as soon as possible, as delaying would only make the process tougher and costlier for test takers.”

TOEFL ITP is currently available only in Bangkok, where it is conducted monthly at a cost of 1,150 baht per test. It is significantly less than TOEFL CBT which recently raised its price to US$130 per test.

“Next Generation TOEFL” is due to be introduced in 2005 and it will incorporate an extra requirement for online oral testing (in addition to the current Listening Comprehension, Structure and Writing, and Reading Comprehension sections).

For more information contact: IC-ACE, 053 942 896 or email to [email protected]

The Embassy of the United States of America can be reached at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, telephone 02 205-4000.

Conference to be held on religion and globalization

Payap University’s Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture and the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, together with other co-sponsors have invited the general public to attend an international and interfaith academic conference on Religion and Globalization which will be held in Chiang Mai from July 27-August 2.

Interfaith dialogue among Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, and members of other religious communities will occur through plenary speeches, panels and papers based on five broad themes.

The first theme is Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations in a Global Age, mainly about individual topics including religious pluralism, missions, religious conflicts and reconciliation, and inter-religious dialogue.

Secondly, Religion in Global Society will be presented on individual topics about social and economic justice, ecological concerns, human rights, structural violence, gender, tourism, prostitution, AIDS/HIV, media, technology, arts, culture and other facets of life in the contemporary world viewed from religious perspectives.

The topic of religious reform and reformulation for a global age, including tasks and issues focusing on the transformation of religious doctrines, rituals, practices, and institutions in an age of globalization, is the third aspect, and the forth is historical perspectives in inter-religious interaction, presented by case studies.

Lastly, the themes of methodological, and philosophical issues in intercultural and inter-religious communication and exchanges will be discussed at the conference.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lomax at ICRG-Payap University, tel.66-053- 400-192 and email [email protected] or by visiting the website www.religionand