2014 ALT Skill Development Conference
  December 4th - 5th
  Terrsa Hotel, Kumamoto City
  Many of this year's workshop presentation and handbook materials are presented below in pdf format:
 presentation materials
handbook materials
Assessment and Feedback
Building Good Relationships with Teachers and Students
Culture Fatigue
Effective Elementary School Lesson Planning
English Speaking Tests (a Kumamoto City initiative)
(speech test manual) .pdf
Games Fair
Independent Japanese Study
JHS ALT-JTE Panel Discussion
Let's Play a Game!
SHS ALT-JTE Panel Discussion
Strategies for Professional Development
Teacher Talk
Teaching as a Team: Projects
Team-Teaching; Skits just got real...
Technology Gap
Trading Places

Located between Kumamoto and Oita, the Aso region is most famous for its namesake, Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in all of Japan. Visitors to Mt. Aso can look right into its ancient caldera, one of the largest of the world, when the conditions are right. Near the caldera is the Aso Volcano Museum, where you can learn about the history of the volcano and the surrounding region as well as enjoy great views of Mt. Aso.

Aso is home to many of Kumamoto's fine agricultural products with its wide open plains. Farmers in the area will commonly do controlled burns of the fields to ensure a fruitful growing season. This event is called No-yaki and towns around the Aso region usually have festivals in March to celebrate this. For Dai Himonjiyaki, held in Ojo-dake, a giant Chinese character for "fire" is burned into the mountain. At Ichinomiya Aso Shrine, people will swing rings of fire at the Hifuri Shinji to pray for a rich harvest. Aso in March is the best time to experience the "Country of Fire" nickname Kumamoto is known for.

Aso is not only home to volcanoes and fire, however. Aso Farm Land, is an outdoor complex where visitors can enjoy nature and camp out in dome shaped houses. Onsen facilities are spread all over the region, including the popular Kurokawa Onsen hot spring town. And for those wanting a bit of an international flavor, Country Gold, a large outdoor American country music festival, is held every October in Aso.

Photo: Jemma Gallagher 
Lesson Wiki

Lost about what to do for your next lesson? Maybe you've been asked to do a short 15 minute lesson for a group of elementary schoolers. Or perhaps you've been given a surprise request by a JTE to lead the next class?

After those initial moments of shock, you realize that you actually now have to come up with a plan.

Never fear, for the Lesson Wiki is here!

The Lesson Wiki is a wiki collection of lessons and classroom ideas across all school levels contributed by current and former Kumamoto ALTs. Anyone is free to access the Lessons Wiki at any time.

If you use the Lesson Wiki, why not pay the favor back with a lesson of your own? Any Kumamoto ALT is also welcome to add their own lesson to the Lesson Wiki at any time. You will need to login with your previously provided account information (feel free to get in touch with the PAs if you need a reminder). And even if you're not confident with editing a wiki, we have an easy to follow guide on the Lesson Wiki.

Please take the time to add a lesson to the wiki! With everyone's support we can make the Lesson Wiki a fantastic resource for everyone.

The Lesson Wiki can be accessed directly at:
http://kumamotojet.com/mw/ or through the "Lesson Wiki" link from the left side menu.

Winter YOKA, 2015
The Winter 2015 YOKA is now out! You can read it online here.

This issue includes:

Untitled by Arianna
 by Charlie Fieseler
(Is there) Life After JET(?) by Joe Tomei
Tabaruzaka by Roland Carlos
- Photos by Olivia Lee, Chalice Mitchell, and George Leach

This YOKA was designed by George Leach.

Kumamoto Travel Guide

Found yourself with some free time and not sure where to go? Why not check some spots around Kumamoto and Kyushu?
Here is a useful map compiled originally by Laura McGhee and Joost Van Steenderen for the Travel and Sightseeing booth at Kumamoto Orientation.
This map is also open to any edits you'd like to make, so if there are some spots on this map you want to highlight, feel free to do so! You can access the map in a full screen version at: http://goo.gl/i41Lvb, or just click the brackets image on the right side of the top toolbar in the map below.

Map Key:
 Red Marker: Places within Kumamoto
Purple Marker: Places Outside of Kumamoto
Blue Star: Events & Matsuri
Green Mushroom: Extra life

・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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