2012 Skill Development Conference:
Workshop Materials
Bringing the World to the Classroom - handout materials
Care and Feeding of the Introvert JET - presentation slides
Creative Strategies - Thinking Outside of the Book - presentation outline
Curriculum Building and Project-Based Planning - handout materials
Discussion on Work-related issues - handout materials
English and Japanese Linguistics - handout materials
English Grammar in the Japanese Classroom - handout materialspresentation slidesmastermind sheethelp sheet 1help sheet 2
Lesson Plan Swap - presentation slides
Let's Play a Game - handout materials
Teaching Eikaiwa - handout materials
Teaching English in Elementary School - handout materials
Teaching Special Needs - worksheetpresentation slideslessons
Spicing Up your JHS Classes!  It's Muy-Caliente! handout materialspresentation slides
Student Motivation and Classroom Management - presentation slides
Teaching Junior High School - handout materials
TEFL Techniques - handout materials

The YOKA, 2013 Winter Edition
It's finally here!  This edition includes:
Guarding the Yokozuna, by Hugo Dragonetti
Positivity and Teaching, by Mollee Reitz
Onsen Etiquette, by Chris Ott
In Pictures: International Friendship Festival
This YOKA was also designed by Laura Turner.

Tokyo Orientation Assistant (TOA)
Interested in welcoming the new ALTs to Japan this summer?  Applications for 2013 TOA have been sent to all contracting organizations.  Details can be found here on the official JET homepage.  The deadline for turning in applications to your contracting organization is February 22, or the date designated by your contracting organization.     

JET Self-Evaluation Forms
Also available on the official JET website is a recently drafted JET self evaluation form.   This form is not mandatory, but it's a great resource that can help clarify what you are doing well and what you can do to be even better.  If you have difficulty getting feedback from your JTEs, you may want to consider giving this form to your JTEs and asking them to evaluate you.       

2012 Kumamoto Orientation Workshop Materials
The handbook materials for each of the workshops are FINALLY online (sorry for the delay, folks).  There's a ton of useful information here, so check it out when you get the chance.  These files will also be stored in the "Kumamoto Orientation" section of the "Resources" bar above.  

Teaching Elementary and Junior High School - Elementary:  the purpose of elementary school English education, daily flow at elementary school, class flow, elementary curriculum, common activities and games.  Junior High:  A typical day at junior high school, class flow, warm-ups, activities and games, how to prepare for first classes, resources.  

Office Culture & Etiquette - punctuality, what to wear, enkai etiquette, helpful Dos and Don'ts

Setting Up Home - Utilities, appliances (water heater,  laundry, air conditioner), daily living (clearning, hygiene, garbage, tatami care), dealing with the seasons (mold, bugs, keeping cool, keeping warm), where to shop

Intro to the Japanese Education System - types of teachers, types of schools, abbreviated history of the modern Japanese education system

Cooking - simple recipies, rice cookers, noodles, tofu, helpful phrases to know, kitchen kanji, helpful links, Japanese Food Guide (this can be printed and folded into a mini book)

Classroom Management - dealing with apathetic kids, sleeping kids, smart kids, kids who turn around all the time; tips from current ALTs; helpful games and lesson planning to help you manage; english classroom phrases with Japanese translations

Life as a Rural JET - pros and cons to living in the inaka, common problems and simple solutions, rural sightseeing destinations in Kumamoto

A Day in the Life of an ALT - basically what the title says, plus a few good tips for living in your community and thriving through the different seasons

DID YOU KNOW...sales go up 30% when Kumamon's image is included on the product or package.  Business can use Kumamon's image for free as long as they register it with the prefectural government.

Learn more about each area in the prefecture. 

Also check out this guide to Kuma-ben in English.  The grammar is very similar to Kumamoto-ben. 

・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM

Area Guide


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