Kumamoto Orientation
This is a collection of materials and handouts from past orientations.  


ES/JHS Roleplay Workshop by Jazmin Guerrero and Taylor Blades
Appliances and Electronics by Malcolm Crang
Eikaiwa by James Pashley
booth handouts: tips sheetresources
Exploring Kumamoto by Chris Hester and Laura McGhee

Housekeeping in Japan by Taylor Blades
Japanese Language Study by Erika Egner and Jemma Gallagher
KumAJET by Kay Schultz
LGBTQ in Kumamoto by Karmen Rabe and Sam McDowall
Money Matters by Karmen Rabe and Sam McDowall
Office and Enkai Etiquette by Sara Brown
Special Needs Education by Zak Repman

Women's Health and Safety by Julia Green


Bugs and Pests by Jonathon Allred
Teaching Eikaiwa by James Pashley
booth handouts: tips sheet, resources
Japanese Language Study by Erika Egner
Special Needs Education by Zak Repman
The Teachers' Room by Michelle Holliday
LGBTQ in Kumamoto by Karmen Rabe
Women's Safety by Anna Rayner-Grignon
Classroom Activities by Hiroshi Fukushima and Jonathan Jelliff
Emergency Prepardness by Melina Lomax and Sam Schipper
Travel and Sightseeing in Kumamoto by Laura McGhee and Joost Van Steenderen
Health and Wellness by Mana Haleem
Driving in Japan by Sarah Gudan and Kristin Kawashima
Trading Places by Sean O'Toole and Karmen Rabe
Eating Vegetarian/Vegan by Alex Chapman


Welcome Address by Chris Ott  
Team Teaching for ES/JHS ALTs by James Pashley 
Team Teaching for SHS ALTs by Dokken Nakamone and Ranko Matsunaka 
Lesson Planning for ES/JHS ALTs by Javier Segura 
Lesson Planning for SHS ALTs by Nicole Gallagher 
Long-Term Curriculum Building by Jonathan Jelliff and Max Pensack 
History of Kumamoto by Dan Woten 
Office Enkai & Etiquette by Lauren Sorondo 
Teaching Phonics by Cody Jones and Ian O'Kidhain 
Classroom Management by Brian Dinnie and Sam Muller 
Cleaning Products / Seasonal Housekeeping by Veronica Alvarado
Appliances, Electronics, and Internet by Todd Hargrave
Bugs and Pests by Melissa Barcellos
Food in Japan by Amanda Kirchhoff
Cars and Driving in Kumamoto by Erika Egner
Travelling in Japan by Miki Luo and Chris Ott
Studying Japanese by Emily Taylor and Jen Clapham
Health by Colin Ellis and Devin Holloway
Women's Safety by Marilyn Midgley
Classroom Games by Sara Brown and Luke Hendrickse
Hi, Friends!  Teaching Materials by Erik Smith
Emergency Preparedness by Inandi Roux, Karmen Rabe, and Sean O'Toole
The 職員室 (teacher's room) by Alys Turner
More Resources:
The Japanese School Year at a Glance
Elementary School Recess Games
The Post Office
School's like ALTs Who...
Social Media and Posting Photos
Self-Evaluation and Feedback Form for Team Teaching
Structure of the JET Programme in Kumamoto
Japanese Computer Vocabulary

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.  

Teaching Senior High School 

punctuality, what to wear, enkai etiquette, helpful Dos and Don'ts

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

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)

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

pros and cons to living in the inaka, common problems and simple solutions, rural sightseeing destinations in Kumamoto

basically what the title says, plus a few good tips for living in your community and thriving through the different seasons

History of Kumamoto
Ideas on how to study and useful links to study tools
Tips on how to save money and all things financial
・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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