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May 10th, 2016 | Author: David

PanSIG Okinawa

Dear BTB customers,

We will not be attending PanSIG in Okinawa this year, but you can see all of our books at the booth. If you are passing, please take a look at our latest title “Get Set!”, a course in learner training for Japanese university students. The pilot version is being tested this year, and the finalised edition will be available for use in 2017.



March 30th, 2016 | Author: David

Read to Write Compositions Second Edition

A note to all users of Read to Write Compositions: If you have ordered the book to use with a class from April, your students will have the second edition. The content of the book is the same, but the writing manual now includes practice exercises. The answers to these can be found in the updated teacher’s manual. If you need a copy of the new edition for yourself, please let us know.


November 18th, 2015 | Author: Muchi

JALT Annual Conference 2015

David Barker will be presenting at the JALT Annual Conference 2015 at Shizuoka Convention & Art Centre (Granship) in Shizuoka City.

1. Saturday 21st November
4.40 pm – 5.40 pm (60 min)  Room 910

What Do We “Know” About Language Learning? (Workshop)

Research on language learning has produced findings that are confusing, counterintuitive, and contradictory. In this workshop, the speaker will argue that experience of teaching and learning languages, discussions with other teachers and learners, and plain common sense should be the primary sources of guidance for classroom teachers. He will present a list of what his own experiences have led him to believe about language learning and invite the audience to challenge them.

2. Sunday 22nd November
11.00 am – 12.30 pm (90 min)  Room 903

The Student’s Voice in EFL Materials (Forum)

Textbooks are models of language for students, yet they often fail to represent the likely future voices. The native speaker model carries with it implications of accent, modes of delivery, and cultural assumptions. Cook will speak on gender issues in EFL textbooks; Barker on how L1 and C1 interfere with L2 and C2; Smiley on systemic functional linguistics to assess naturalness; Campbell-Larsen on pragmatics; and Wiltshier on writers’ struggles with editors.


BTB Press will also have a booth in the Educational Materials Exhibition (EME) at the venue. Please drop by to see us there!

You can find more details on the official conference website.

May 7th, 2015 | Author: Muchi

JALT Pan SIG Presentation

David Barker will be presenting at the JALT Pan SIG Conference 2015 on Saturday 16th May from 3.30 – 4.00 pm at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe. The title of the presentation is “What students need to know about learning English.” BTB Press also have a book exhibition on both days of the conference. Please come and see us there!


When we teach English to Japanese students, we often make unjustified assumptions about their knowledge of the nature of languages and the language learning process. In this session, the presenter will discuss key concepts that he believes are missing from most syllabuses and teaching materials. He will make the case for introducing “pre-course training” modules in English programs, and he will argue that students could achieve better results if they were taught more about the scale and nature of the task of learning English from the outset. The presentation is not directly linked to any commercial materials.

March 25th, 2015 | Author: David

Second Edition of Read to Write Plus

The new version of Read to Write Plus will be available shortly. If you have ordered the book for use with your classes, the new one will be the one your students buy. The basic content of the book is unchanged, but the writing manual now includes exercises. Please let us know if you would like a copy of the new version for your own reference. The teacher’s guide has been updated to include the answers to the exercises, and it can now be downloaded from the Read to Write Plus page.

December 2nd, 2014 | Author: David

The best way to learn Japanese

I have now uploaded my blog entry on “The best way to learn Japanese.” Look forward to reading your comments.

November 28th, 2014 | Author: David


Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation “What’s the best way to learn Japanese?” at Tsukuba last weekend. It was a great audience, and the topic certainly provoked a lot of very lively debate! I will be writing a blog post about the topic in the near future, so please “like” BTB Press on Facebook if you want to be notified about that.

November 17th, 2014 | Author: Muchi

JALT Annual Conference 2014

David Barker will be presenting at the JALT Annual Conference 2014 on Saturday 22nd November at Tsukuba International Congress Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki.

What’s the Best Way to Learn Japanese?

In this session, the presenter will discuss the results of a survey of successful learners of Japanese. In particular, he will summarize his findings regarding study methods and materials. He will also look at what factors appear to have the biggest effect on motivation and learning outcomes. The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate what studies of successful learners can tell us about both the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

Time: 5.40 pm – 6.40 pm
Room: 202 A

BTB Press will also have a booth in the Educational Materials Exhibition (EME) at the venue. Please drop by to see us there!

You can find more detail on the official website.

February 24th, 2014 | Author: David

New Books!

We are happy to announce that Read to Write Junior will be ready for shipping by the end of this month. It took us longer than we thought, but we are very happy with the result. We hope you will be too. Second editions of Read to Write and English Writing Manual will also be ready by the end of the month. These are updated versions of the originals that now contain practice exercises for all the points in the writing manual. Read to Write also now includes a bilingual explanation of the Read to Write principle, practice exercises, and an example page. The points and model paragraphs are the same as the original books, as are the prices. Please check out the sample pages by clicking on the book covers above, and let us know if you need teacher’s copies of the new editions.

October 28th, 2013 | Author: David

JALT 2013 – Thank You

Thanks to everyone who attended one or both of David’s presentations on Saturday. It was great to see so many friends and colleagues there.

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