ALT (and JTE) Skill Development Conference (JETプログラム指導力等向上研修)
…formerly known as Mid-year (中間期研修会)

Hosted by the Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education and the Kumamoto International Affairs Division, the purpose of the SDC is to bring ALTs and JTEs together to share their experiences in working on the JET Programme, to discuss team-teaching and other related matters, to find ways to enhance foreign language education, and to further develop the JET Programme in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Information on previous years’ conferences, including presentation slides and workshop handouts, is below.

2016 Skill Development Conference
December 1-2, 2016
Terrsa Hotel, Kumamoto City

Below are the 2016 workshop handbook materials in pdf format.

Workshop Name
Presentation Materials
Keynote Speech: Learn Like a Teacher, Teach Like a Learner Power Point Handout
JHS Speaking Tests Power Point
Model SHS Lesson Power Point
Drama Techniques in the Classroom Power Point Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Getting Involved in the Community Power Point
Preparation for Eiken Power Point Handout
ES Lesson Planning Power Point Handout 1
Handout 2
Linguistics – Why Do People Have Foreign Accents? Power Point
JHS Discussion Panel Handout
Student Motivation Power Point Handout
Managing Cultural Fatigue Power Point
Trading Places Handout
SHS Discussion Panel Handout
Creativity in the Classroom Power Point Handout 1
Handout 2
Independent Japanese Study Handout
ES Discussion Panel Handout
Games Fair Handout
Technology in the Classroom
Strategies for Introvert-Leaning ALTs Power Point
Working in Japan After JET Power Point
Thriving as a Rural JET Handout
CLAIR Workshop: Communiケーしよう! Handout



2014 Skill Development Conference
December 4-5, 2014
Terrsa Hotel, Kumamoto City

Many of the 2014 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
.pdf .pdf
Teacher Talk
Teaching as a Team: Projects

Team-Teaching; Skits just got real…

Technology in the Classroom
Trading Places

2013 Skill Development Conference
December 5-6, 2013
Terrsa Hotel, Kumamoto City

Keynote Lecture: Successfully implementing formative classroom-based speaking assessments
Nathan Ducker, APU Ritsumeikan UniversityPart 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 presentations (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


2012 Skill Development Conference

Workshop Materials
Bringing the World to the Classroom – handout materials
Care and Feeding of the Introvert JET – presentation slides
Creative Strategies – Thinking Outside of the Book – presentation outline
Curriculum Building and Project-Based Planning – handout materials
Discussion on Work-related issues – handout materials
English and Japanese Linguistics – handout materials
English Grammar in the Japanese Classroom – handout materialspresentation slidesmastermind sheethelp sheet 1help sheet 2
Lesson Plan Swap – presentation slides
Let’s Play a Game – handout materials
Teaching Eikaiwa – handout materials
Teaching English in Elementary School – handout materials
Teaching Special Needs – worksheetpresentation slideslessons
Spicing Up your JHS Classes!  It’s Muy-Caliente! – handout materialspresentation slides
Student Motivation and Classroom Management – presentation slides
Teaching Junior High School – handout materials
TEFL Techniques – handout materials


2011 Skill Development Conference

General Summary
A report in PDF form based on the surveys filled out at the end of the conference. Graphs illustrating how useful participants felt each workshop was, collection of JET and JTE responses to the keynote address, PA responses to common trends/comments, general feedback from JETs and JTEs, and a list of workshop suggestions for next year.

Schedule & Materials
The entire Schedule & Materials booklet in PDF form. Conference details, workshop information, workshop schedule, workshop descriptions, keynote address notes, workshop handouts and slides, and more.

Lesson Plan Book
The entire Lesson Plan Book in PDF form. Ideas for elementary, junior high, and senior high English lessons made for and by Kumamoto ALTs. Examples and ideas for English outside the classroom.

Other materials:
Introduction to the Japanese Education System, slides
by Jason Shon

Materials from 2008-2010 can be found on the archived KumamotoJET website.