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December 20, 2010

Big changes at ETJ

Teaching-English-in-Japan-ETJ.jpg" ETJ has announced 3 major policy changes: that the strict non-commercial policies of ETJ regional groups will be relaxed, regional workshops will no longer be restricted to topics related to teaching young learners, and that the new organization being set up by David Paul, Language Teaching Professionals, will take over all the roles in ETJ previously carried out by David English House, including acting as the national office for ETJ.

According to ETJ: "Until now, the regional workshops have been strictly non-commercial. The aim has been to support local teachers on a grass-roots level, and teachers with a commercial connection with a publisher have been unable to give presentations. This strict policy has now been relaxed to show appreciation for publishers that support the Expos, and to make it easier for regional groups to find presenters."

Commenting on the changes, David Paul, founder of ETJ, noted: "When the organization was first formed, it was considered important to have a clear focus on teaching young learners. One of the reasons for this was to try and do one thing well rather than try to do too much. Another reason was to avoid conflict with JALT. The ETJ Coordinators now consider that ETJ is mature enough and relations with JALT are good enough to relax the policy and allow regional groups to arrange presentations related to any aspect of English language teaching."

Reported by: Russell Willis

See Also:
ETJ ~ English Teachers in Japan

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