Our original approach for teaching communication
Alma has been publishing French and English textbooks in Japan since 1999. Our materials support communicative language learning and are based on the following three principles:
1. Building speaking skills for interactive, real-time conversation on everyday life topics
2. Regular oral testing
3. Raising awareness of cross-cultural differences in speaking styles and how to overcome them
Alma supports teachers doing classroom-based research on these principles by providing logistical support to the Research Group for Teaching Oral Communication in Japan. At its annual event, the Autumn Workshop, participants are encouraged to share their research experiences, request feedback on potential projects, or simply attend and learn from peers, whether they use Alma textbooks or not. Topics covered include successful speaking activities, class management techniques, oral testing methods, cross-cultural communication, or pragmatics.
Classroom-based research is also at the core of our editorial policy. We are fully committed to the continual improvement of our textbooks because they are the tools we use every day in class. Each new edition incorporates innovations developed in light of user feedback and constant classroom testing.
Class management books
"How to Test Speaking Skills in Japan : A Quick Start Guide", by Jerry Talandis Jr.
"Enseigner l'oral au Japon - Un guide pratique", by Bruno Vannieu
The evolution of our textbook format
Our original communication textbook format is now in its 10th version: