15 January 2016

DISCUSSION OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


ELT IN JAPAN BOOKS

I am still at work on the proposed e-book project. It is supposed to be a book that compiles the best articles from a collection of over 50 published articles. However, that book is not at the top of the book project list right now. Right now, instead, I am completing four textbooks for EFL in Japan--mostly teaching beginners and intermediate-level learners at universities or for adult English conversation and company English. I will be posting samples from all of these book projects during 2016 right here at the ELT-J blog.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEXT ISSUE OF ELT IN JAPAN

At this blog (ELT in Japan), I have published five issues of a teaching magazine of the same title (ELT in Japan). The last issue was published over 3 years ago, in late 2012. That issue can be downloaded in pdf (or viewed online if your browser has the right plug-in) here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/1FnHKEarBh0aEXf7TUX9ozoThE1Kv4kbL6P6_SkSERCVGBK8UppYcrivo5wI0/edit

I propose to publish more issues of the magazine; at least one issue per year.

Why not submit something from your own teaching-related blog for publication here?

Take a look at the last issue (and previous ones) to get an idea of the content. Most articles should be about ELT and EFL learning in Japan and Asia, but ELT and EFL learning for other parts of the world are also possible.

If you wish to submit, contact me in the comments section below this post. My e-mail also appears at the top right of the blog's top page.

Charles Jannuzi
University of Fukui, Japan

Re-posting list of Japanese EFL textbook publishers

http://eltinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/04/japanese-publishers-of-efl-textbooks.html


Japanese publishers of EFL textbooks and materials
Charles Jannuzi, University of Fukui, Japan

Most 'western' publishers do not actually develop and produce textbooks and materials for the EFL market in Japan. Rather, they produce a lot of generic courses and supplementary material that they label 'communicative' and for 'false beginners' and hope EFL teachers here will adopt and adapt them to their classrooms.

There are some problems with this approach to mass market publishing. First, many of the western publishers are not very reliable in providing support to the teachers who use their textbooks. For example, many of these publishers are reluctant to provide free teachers' manuals/answer keys and CDs/DVDs (such as for listening courses). Second, if their books are not in stock with the distributors that university bookstores use, it can be a very long time to get the textbooks--and the prices can be quite inflated. Third, using such materials is a bit like making delicious 'stone' soup: the publishers give you a stone, and you, the EFL teacher, have to go find a lot of delicious vegetables, legumes, herbs and spices to make the delicious soup. Fourth, many of the materials are mono-lingual English only, and this is a big issue when your students can not understand the instructions or the tasks.

REST OF ARTICLE AND LIST OF LINKS AT THE LINK BELOW:

http://eltinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/04/japanese-publishers-of-efl-textbooks.html

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