The Language Teacher
November 2002

The Oxford Debate and Classics Party

Towry Law and Oxford University Press

Towry Law and Oxford University Press are proud to present the main social event of the 2002 JALT National Conference, The Oxford Debate and Classics Party on Saturday, November 23rd. The evening kicks off at 6:10 p.m. in the Chuo Hall with the Oxford Debate, presided over by JALT Featured Speaker Prof. Henry Widdowson, and features a panel of well-known linguists focusing on issues relevant to language teaching. The Towry Law/Oxford Classic's Party immediately follows from 7:15 to 8:45 in the space behind the EME in the Dai Hall. The party presents a chance to win one of two trips, to Australia or Hawaii, while enjoying wine, beer, light refreshments, and entertainment by the Rising Pints, a lively Irish Band.

Co-hosts Towry Law and Oxford University Press are proud sponsors of JALT and we'd like to tell you about our companies and the services we offer:

Towry Law

Established in 1958, Towry Law is the largest Independent Financial Advisor to the Global Expatriate Community with 30 offices worldwide and over 138,000 private clients. Towry Law is part of the AMP Group. AMP manages assets of almost US$145bn and has a market capitalisation of approximately US$10bn.

Towry Law is one of the few western advisers to be registered with the Ministry of Finance and is therefore legally able to provide financial advice to residents of Japan. We maintain Professional Indemnity Insurance and provide clear and transparent information for our clients.

As Towry Law International is the largest independent distributor of mutual funds in Asia, we are able to offer a wide range of funds. Our clients also benefit from our economies of scale and it is never more expensive to deal through us than going direct to the fund management groups. Towry Law can also advise you on all aspects of financial planning including retirement and education fees planning, life and health insurance, and international mortgages. We also specialise in investment advice applying the principles of best advice and due diligence to help you choose the right investment, to monitor your portfolio, and to provide ongoing service and advice.

Do you have adequate retirement provision in place? Please come to our presentation on Saturday 23rd November at 2:45 p.m. in Room 1001-2 to find out. The 45-minute presentation will focus on new onshore defined contribution pension plans available to employers and a range of retail investments aimed at individual clients. We will provide insights, advice, and information on a corporate and individual level.

If you would like to find out more information, with no obligation, then please visit our stand and take five minutes to talk to one of Towry Law's professional advisors. Alternatively please feel free to contact us on 03-5210-5501 or email us at Our website is

Oxford University Press

OUP was the first associate member of JALT and we have been supporting the organization and its membership for the nearly 30 years that JALT has been in existence. This year is no different as we bring back the popular Oxford Classics Party to JALT2002, sponsor giveaways of trips-for-two to the USA, and provide service to teachers that is second to none, through our fully bilingual ELT website, our OCSS, Kids' Club teacher support groups, and our 10-member team of trained ELT Consultants. There has never been a better time to see what we can do for you!

For the second consecutive year, our online services saw a major upgrade in October. We launched an updated ELT Japan website at with enhanced search functions and a redesigned look to make it even easier to find what you need. In particular, please try our Ask Oli (OnLine Interactive Virtual ELT Representative) search engine. Oli recommends an OUP title based on a series of questions he poses to you. There is also an online catalogue and a browse-by-category search function. Our website is your first stop for information on our titles, requesting samples, joining one of our teacher service programs, looking for a bookseller near you, or finding details on one of the many events we participate in over the course of the year.

American Headway: Head to America Contest

To celebrate the launch of our comprehensive new four-skills course American Headway, we're giving away three free trips-for-two to the United States with Northwest Airlines and Apple World Hotels. One of the trips will be given away to a lucky teacher attending the Oxford Classics Party at JALT2002. For more information and to register to win the other two trips, visit our contest website at

Oxford Teachers' Clubs

We are proud to sponsor The Oxford Campus Support Service and the Oxford Kids' Club. These two teachers' organizations endeavour to make a positive contribution to English education in Japan and provide outstanding service for teachers using our materials. Membership is free and qualifies you for a number of great benefits. For more information, or to join either group, please go directly to the club pages on our website:

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Oxford University Press/British Council Seasonal Forums

We are extremely happy to bring Professor Henry Widdowson to Japan this year. In addition to being a Featured Speaker at the conference and moderator at the Oxford Debate, Professor Widdowson will speak at five OUP-British Council Forums in Japan the week after the National Conference. After the presentations, teachers can stay on for a reception and enjoy a glass or two of wine as well as scintillating conversation with colleagues and the esteemed linguist. OCSS members will receive direct notification of these great events.

We look forward to seeing you at JALT2002 and wish you an enjoyable conference. Please remember to visit the Towry Law and Oxford University Press stands to enter the grand prize draw and see what these two great companies can do for you. Good Luck!

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