Online JET Programme Publications

ALT Handbook, 2013 update
ALT Handbook (pdf)
"The British Council has engaged in an across-the-board collaboration with Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) to create and provide content for a new edition of MEXT's Team Teaching Handbook" Source: British Council (

The After JET Guide
This JET Programme publication, passed out at the Leaver's Conference is available here (pdf).
The 2014 Guide for Non-reappointing JETS
aka "Leaver's Packet"
Is finally here!  This handy packet includes information for non-reappointing JETs on such fascinating topics as sending your stuff home, return airfare, visas, pension refunds, selling your car, saying goodbye, employment post-JET, and more.  
Please take the time to read through this packet sooner rather than later.  We recommend that you start planning now on how to do everything so you have time to spare at the end. Your last months on JET will fly by, and you don't want the last several weeks of your time on JET to be bogged down by paperwork or other details that can take away from other important things, such as saying goodbye to friends and colleagues.  
We have uploaded the information packet as a pdf and powerpoint.  Take your pick:


                  Misumi Port
The Skill Development Conference, Workshop, and Keynote PowerPoint Presentations

Keynote Lecture: Successfully implementing formative classroom-based speaking assessments
Nathan Ducker, APU Ritsumeikan University
Part 1: Formative classrooom testing in Japanese schools 
Part 2: What is formative testing and why use it?
Part 3: Develop a formative testing course
Part 4: Formative testing: motivation and feedback

Workshop PowerPoint presentions (pdf format):
Phonics Presented by Ian O'Kidhain and Cody Jones
Improving Teacher Talk by Ranko Matsunaka and Katie Young
Independent Japanese Learning by Jonathon Allred and Max Pensack
Elementary School Teaching by James Pashley
Care and Feeding of the Introvert JET by Emily Taylor and Michelle Holliday
SHS Teaching by Sara Brown and Seiki Ishizaka
English Speaking Doctors in Kumamoto
Here is an up-to-date map of English Speaking doctors in Kumamoto.  If you have been to an English Speaking doctor on your time on JET, please email the PAs with the information so we can include it on this map!  For a list of facilities by department, click here.
・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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