About Us

BTB Press is an independent publishing company specializing in educational materials for Japanese learners of English. BTB Press publications offer teachers and students a way of building bridges between classroom lessons and independent study. Our books can easily be integrated into general language programs, but they also provide students with the knowledge and resources they need to become autonomous learners.The Back to Basics philosophy is reflected in the style and structure of all our books: BTB publications are based not on what is currently fashionable or “in vogue,” but rather on a realistic assessment of what learners want, what they need, and what kind of materials will actually make a difference to their language proficiency. The Textbooks that Teach motto is our reaction to the tendency for modern language textbooks to be heavy on activities, but light on actual content. We aim to produce books that learners could take out of their cupboards years from now and still find to be a useful resource for self-study. Please feel free to contact us if you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions relating to our products.

Prospective Authors

If you have an idea for a book that you think would fit the Back-to-Basics philosophy, please fill out the application form or visit our stand at a conference.

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BTB Press Authors & Editors

David Barker

David Barker is from North Wales in the United Kingdom. He has been teaching English for more than 20 years, and he has taught in the UK, Singapore, New Zealand, and Japan. He has the RSA Diploma in TEFLA, an MA in applied linguistics, and a PhD in English language education. He has worked full-time at four Japanese universities, and part-time at four more. He has also taught in several junior high and high schools. He is the author of several books and various magazine and newspaper articles for Japanese learners of English. He is also the owner and founder of BTB Press. He is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Gifu University.

Douglas Moore

Douglas Moore is from in the Midwestern United States, although he was born in California. He has lived and worked in Japan since 1991, and he has taught every type of class from children to business people. He has an MA in English for Specific Purposes from Aston University in England. He particularly enjoys teaching writing, and he is the co-author of Read to Write and Read to Write Plus. He currently teaches part time at a number of universities and colleges in Aichi. He lives with his wife and his two children in Nagoya.

B. Bricklin Zeff

B. Bricklin Zeff teaches full time at Hokkai Gakuen University, where he has served as coordinator of the EFL program and now serves as director of the speaking program.  Bricklin is also currently studying for a PhD in Pragmatics at Hokkaido University. He is the co-author of Read to Write Plus. Bricklin lives in Sapporo with his wife and three children.

Dorothy E. Zemach

Dorothy E. Zemach taught ESL for over 18 years, in Asia, Africa, and the US. Now she concentrates on writing and editing ELT textbooks and conducting teacher training workshops. Her areas of specialty and interest are teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor. She is a frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, and a regular blogger for Teacher Talk at http://www.azargrammar.com.

Tomoyo Horiguchi

Tomoyo Horiguchi was born and raised in Saitama in Japan. After leaving full-time education, she continued to learn English entirely through self-study. She has never visited a foreign country or been to a language school. She became interested in editing through her involvement with proof-reading projects for ALC Press and BTB Press. She is the editor of the Japanese editions of Nice to Meet You and An A-Z of Common English Errors for Japanese learners. She lives in Saitama with her husband and her three children.

Ian Munby

Ian Munby is from Cobham in the county of Surrey in England. He has been teaching English for more than thirty years in England, France, Spain and Japan. He completed a Masters Degree in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) with Reading University in England and a PhD in applied linguistics with Swansea University in Wales. He is the co-author of Read to Write Compositions. Ian is currently teaching at Hokkai Gakuen University in Sapporo, where he lives with his wife and three children.