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QW 020212 “Sand sandwich”

Mr. Kenichiro Mogi is quite a polemic. He tweeted about TOEIC a few days ago causing a commotion among English learners including those who’re concerned about the TOEIC test, “TOEIC Crowd”, so to speak. He boldly inveighed against the TOEIC test, which vividly reminds me of someone I know very well by the way, by saying “A quick glimpse of a TOEIC passage makes me feel like as if I was eating a sand-sandwich (a sandwich with “sand” inside)!” Can you tell what he was trying to say? My interpretation is that reading English literature works or newspaper articles and magazines won’t make him feel that way; it should make him feel as though he was eating what a sandwich really is supposed to taste. Probably he just wanted to say that passages appearing as the TOEIC test items are dry and tasteless whereas so-called “real” English materials are much savorier for him to read. Well, I find his polemics sort of legitimate. TOEIC passages reads without any taste to me as well, but I’d also say it’s perfectly okay because those passages are meant only to measure test-takers reading skills as fairly and accurately as possible, and they don’t have to be at all worth reading from an literary viewpoint. I have absolutely zero complaint about that. In sum, Mr. Mogi’s argument makes me want to say “Didn’t you know that? That’s what it supposed to be, sir.”

As an English learner and teacher, I have an abundance of complaints and problems for me to read nothing rather than TOEIC passages. It’s so sad if your input of English is through the TOEIC-related materials. If you’re aiming for a certain score for whatever reasons or whatever urgency, that’s perfectly okay for you to stay focused on TOEIC-specific English learning until you reach your designated goal. My wish here for you is to achieve your target score as soon as possible and to get exempt from compulsory and obsessive TOEIC learning. Once you’ve attained your goal in TOEIC, you can happily graduate from the test, or you can start taking the test for “pleasure” (I’m not really sure of how many English learners in Japan take the TOEIC test simply for their pleasure. I know some really “hard-core” people, though.) I’d really like you to be reminded that TOEIC learning and English learning can overlap to a certain extent, but they’re not at all identical. Here I proudly submit that I’m learning a language called “English”. I’d really like you to be reminded of that, okay?

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