Monthly Archives: January 2016

National Center Test for University Admissions

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Just a random bit of news that may be of interest to some. Over the weekend (Jan 16-17), the National Center Test for University Admissions was held. It is a standardized test that is used by public and some private universities in Japan to determine entry into university. If you are a high school ALT, no doubt you have seen your third years prepping hard for this test. It encompasses a wide variety of subjects and English is no exception. Interest in the test is so high that newspapers commonly publish the test and its answers the day after it is held so students can check their results and figure out their score by hand.

The English section from the test is now available online. Here are some of the relevant links:

PDF of the written portion (answers on the last page)
Listening Questions: 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, answers

Click the continue reading link for explanation of the Japanese instructions! Continue reading

Noh Workshop in Kumamoto City – January 31

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The Kumamoto UNESCO group will be holding a Noh workshop in Kumamoto City later this month. It will be mainly oriented towards study abroad students and ALTs/CIRs so this is a great opportunity to learn about the traditional Japanese theatre art of Noh. There will also be a chance to try on traditional Noh clothing and perform a few Noh moves yourself!

Time and Date: January 31 (Sunday), 2-4 PM, check in begins at 1:30
Location: Kumamoto Prefectural Theater (Google Maps Link), B1F, Large Meeting Room
Program Details:
1) Explanation of Noh, Noh techniques, and Noh masks
2) Chance to try on Noh clothing and try Noh dancing

Best of all, it is all completely free! However, space is limited. There are 50 spots, which are first come, first serve. If you are interested in participating in the Noh workshop, please e-mail with your:
– Name (Romaji and Furigana)
– Nationality
– Name of BOE (JHS ALTs)/base school (HS ALTs)/workplace (CIRs)
– Name of Tantosha
– Tantosha phone number
– Tantosha fax number

Applications will be accepted until January 25 or all spots are filled, whichever comes first.

Just in case you need an introduction/refresher to Noh: