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Mike Haftel
05-13-2007, 11:44 AM

Got accepted into the JET Program. Basically, I'm teaching English in Japan. Don't know what grade level yet and don't know what town/city/provence either. But, I can't wait!

Anybody have any similar experience?

Karol Kowalczyk
05-13-2007, 01:35 PM
Well, depends how 'similar'... I have been teaching English in poland for 10 years. Didn't plan to stay too long, but you know... life caught up with me, now I have a wife, child, car, flat, mortage, and I can also do Aikido! How good does life get!!??

If you need any good recommendations about the kind of teaching materials would be good (beyond just using a textbook), i have a lot of experience with different skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening, not so much grammar) and also age groups, from 7 years old to adults. If you need some help, just ask.

Karol Kowalczyk
05-13-2007, 01:37 PM
Ok, it sometimes doesn't get that good, i just remembered i have a mother-in-law too :D

Carl Thompson
05-14-2007, 07:04 PM
Congratulations from a fellow JET.

Which group will you arrive with? If you come in the August group, Iíll be helping with your orientation in Tokyo. Fancy going to the hombu? Youíll be jetlagged as hell thoughÖ

Youíve chosen a good way to experience Japan. I used to be a TESOL advisor - I advised people on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and also helped them work out where to go and how to do it. In the case of people wanting to go to Japan, I always said try out for the JET programme, since it offers a pretty good deal. Iíve taught English in Japan and Australia before and I took my own advice last year and came back to Japan with the JET programme.

Your role could be anything from human tape-player through to main teacher. It will depend on you and your Japanese teachers of English, your level and how many schools youíre at. In my experience, there is very little actual team teaching - it works out one or the other (JTE or ALT as main teacher). Youíll get lots of advice when you arrive though. I hope you get plenty of opportunity to do aikido. Iíve got too many schools here, but a sweet location for aikido (I train at the founderís dojo in Iwama! Come along if youíre nearby!).

Hereís hoping you get one of the better schedules.

For now, hereís a link to an online database of team-teaching lesson plans that might come in handy.


Yoroshiku onegaishimasu


Kim S.
05-21-2007, 11:07 PM
Congratulations. Here is a list of websites my Japanese tutor gave me.
I have not looked through them, but these websites might help improve your Japanese a little bit.

Genki elementary Japanese textbook

Flashcard for 500 commonly used kanji

Online Kanji test and other materials

As far as I know, Genki is one of the best resources for learning Japanese for English speakers. I hope this helps.

06-15-2007, 09:26 AM
I am going to Japan training in my gap year between collage and University!

Has anyone trained in Japan (Hombu) or any other dojo?

Could u please tell me what its like because i really would like to know??