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January 28, 2004

ETJ Expos A Big Success

The ninth and final ELT Expo, organized by English Teachers in Japan (ETJ) and co-sponsored by Oxford University Press, took place last Sunday in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Some 420 teachers attended presentations by such speakers as Steven Gershon, Ritsuko Nakata, Chuck Sandy and ETJ founder David Paul. There were also displays by all the Japan-based foreign ELT publishers. Paul was very happy with the turnout, for this Expo and the whole series, adding, "I don't think any more people could have fitted into many of the presentation rooms!" Talking about the series as a whole, he said, "The Expos were certainly our biggest project so far. We had almost 2,000 teachers in attendance, from Sapporo to Kagoshima. We have things to learn and improve on, but the overall impression I am left with is of an incredible step forward for ETJ and a groundbreaking contribution to English teaching in Japan." And on the volunters behind the events, "It was wonderful to see ETJ volunteers work so hard from early morning to late in the evening to make the events such a success. The Expos wouldn't have been possible without such committed support." Asked about plans for the future, he added, "Well, we have even bigger plans for next time!" Stay tuned for more.

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