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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.



November 21st, 2015 | Author: David

What do we know about language teaching and learning

The dictionary definition of know is “to be aware of the truth or factuality of: to be convinced or certain of.” These are not the same things, so saying that I know that the earth orbits the sun and saying that I know that teaching method A is more effective than teaching method B are different types of statement. More

May 29th, 2015 | Author: David

Who’s the expert?

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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 have published a lot of books or done a lot of research on language learning, language teaching, or both. They are acknowledged “experts” in the field, which is, of course, why they get invited to be plenary speakers in the first place. More

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.

What’s the best way to learn Japanese? December 2nd, 2014 | Author: David

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 I was not expecting to get any more than five or six people. More

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.

How the Two “L”s Stifle Reform in English Education in Japan August 4th, 2014 | Author: David

How the Two “L”s Stifle Reform in English Education in Japan

The other day, a Japanese colleague mentioned how he had noticed that it is becoming more and more common to see university job advertisements for teachers with expertise in English education. As he pointed out, this is a relatively new development. Traditionally, English teachers at the university level were required to be experts in either linguistics or literature. More

April 25th, 2014 | Author: David

Priorities (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. It’s encouraging to see that at least people are starting to talk about the issue. More

Priorities April 21st, 2014 | Author: David


Click to listen

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. More

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