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December 10, 2008

Longman's absence from the Expos disappoints ETJ organizers

The conference season is finally over and both ETJ and JALT report that results have been mainly positive. David Paul, the founder of ETJ, said 'Many dedicated volunteers have worked very hard to make all the events a success. A tremendous amount of work goes into the preparation of the ETJ Expos and the volunteers who were putting in so much can feel satisfied with a job very well done.'

Most publishers, both big and small, had book displays and sponsored presentations, but Longman (Pearson), who are the largest and wealthiest ELT publisher in the world, were conspicuous by their absence from both the ETJ Expos and the JALT national conference.

Some ETJ organizers have been contrasting Longman's attitude with that of Oxford University Press. They feel that OUP contributed far more than would have made sense if they had only been motivated by profit. Some are suggesting that the difference in attitudes reflects the different approaches of a large corporation and a university press - OUP are bound by their charter to support education.

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