Kumamoto Orientation

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


ES/JHS Roleplay Workshop
by Erin Dillon and George Leach
Demonstration lesson plan and tips
Office and Enkai Etiquette by Debbie Chaplin and Sammy McDowall
Office etiquette guide
Dress code guide
Enkai etiquette guide
Disaster Preparedness by Andre Trowell
Disaster preparedness guide
Stress Management by Kristina Butke and Sheridan Piltz
Workshop slides
About culture shock
Daily self-care assessment sheet
Weekly motivator sheet
Sleep assessment sheet
Tips for coping at work
Goal-setting worksheet

Classroom Games (ES/JHS) by Erika Bareng (presented by Libby Costales)
Classroom games list
Driving in Japan by Blain Cox
Pamphlet about driving
Eating Vegetarian and Vegan by Erin Dillon and Eleesa Panton
Guide to dealing with dietary restrictions in Japan
Eikaiwa by Roslyn Humphreys and Josh Rogerson
Handout about eikaiwa
English Outside the Classroom by Olivia Poole
Handout with tips and advice
Exploring Kumamoto and Beyond! by Rebecca King and Melissa Kirkland-Swann
Outline of sightseeing spots, transportation, and accommodation
Grocery Shopping by Lily McDermott
Shops overview and guide to reading labels
Dietary restriction labels
Health by Chase Sutherland
Handout about staying healthy in Kumamoto
‘Hi, Friends!’ Activities and Games by Katie Elliott and Amy Tran
Explanation of games
Japanese Language Study by Lara Czepera
Study tips and resources
KumAJET by June Ang
Ashikita Beach Party flyer
KumAJET events calendar
Kumamoto Events by Jamie Jove-Viniegra
Kumamoto/Kyushu annual events calendar
Money Matters by Nora Schleupner
Pamphlet about using ATMs, remitting money, etc.
Self-Introduction Lesson Plan Help (ES/JHS) by Zaynab Nakhid
Self-introduction guide
Self-Introduction Lesson Plan Help (SHS) by Kaye Levene
Self-introduction guide
Special Needs Education by Zak Repman
Handout about teaching special needs classes
Women’s Health and Safety by Eve Gillison
Kumamoto safety handout
List of hospitals and women’s clinics
Women’s health handout


ES/JHS Roleplay Workshop by Erin Dillon and George Leach
Culture Shock by Sam Van Ginhoven
Office and Enkai Etiquette Workshop by Sara Birnbaum
Appliances & Electronics by Max Levitt-Campbell
Classroom Games by Hiroshi Fukushima and Stewart McDiarmid
Eating Vegetarian and Vegan by Erin Dillon
Eikaiwa by Tanya Leonard and Joleen Tomlinson
Hi, Friends! and Elementary School Games by Katie Elliott and Amy Tran
Hiking and Outdoor Recreation by Garrett Stanford
Kindergarten by Donald Bradley
KumAJET by Chiri Davis, Jamie Jove-Viniegra, Zaynab Nakhid, and Andre Trowell
LGBTQ by George Leach and Karmen Rabe
Living in the Inaka by Jamie Jove-Viniegra and Alice Le
Office and Enkai Etiquette by Sara Birnbaum
Self-Introduction Lesson Plan Help (SHS) by Andria Hidaka
Studying Japanese by Erika Egner

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