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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 englishbooks.jp booth. If you are passing, please take a look at our latest title “Get Set!”, a…

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Who’s the expert?

This entry was originally posted to http://azargrammar.com/teacherTalk/blog/. At every ELT conference, there are plenary speakers. At major conferences, these are often “big” names who are well known in the field. The reason for their fame is normally either that they…

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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…

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What’s the best way to learn Japanese?

Photo by John Spiri of Global Stories Press At the 2014 JALT National Conference, I gave a talk entitled “What’s the best way to learn Japanese?” The slot was quite late on Saturday afternoon, and it was labeled “commercial,” so…

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Thanks

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…

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Priorities

Recently, I saw a story about a female teacher who took a day off work to attend her son’s entrance ceremony at a different school.

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In the News (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. Both of these are difficult topics, but I hope that more and more Japanese people will become aware of them and start pushing for change.

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In the News

Some of you probably noticed that there have been two big news stories in Japan recently relating to topics we have discussed on this blog.

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Have you been shopping?

As you all know, consumption tax will go up tomorrow from 5% to 8%. I read a story this morning about how everyone was out shopping at the weekend in a rush to stock up.<!–more–> Speaking from my own experience,…

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Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be

Thanks for all your comments last week. I went to the neighbourhood council meeting last night and introduced myself. I have told them that I will probably join, but that I need a bit of time to think about it…

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Neighbourhood Councils (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. I noticed, however, that we are starting to get lots of really long comments again. Please try to keep your comments as short as possible so that lower-level English learners will not be scared to…

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Neighbourhood Councils

Thank you all for your kind messages. I am now living in my new house. It is very messy, and there is still a lot that needs to be done, but I’m enjoying the central heating.

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Password123

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Password123.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] From time to time, surveys are conducted in the UK to find out how seriously people take Internet security. The results are usually shocking.

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