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Mere
May 15th, 2004, 15:46
THe following is an e-mail I received on Thursday evening from the S.F. Consulate. Apparently not all S.F. JETS received this memo at the same time, so here it is! Read on:

Dear JET Participant,

Greetings from the JET Program staff here at the Consulate General
of Japan in
San Francisco! Now that we've received your Reply Form and other
materials,
we'd like to take a moment to fill you in on our upcoming local
orientation
events ...

Although we'll soon send you copies of our JET Program orientation
calendar and
RSVP forms for each of our events by regular mail, please take a
moment to look
over the list of meetings and seminars below to see if you may be
able to fit
them into your schedule over the next few weeks. While none of
these events is
mandatory (with the exception of the Pre-Departure Orientation on
July 30th), we
strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to
meet alumni
from the program and to better prepare yourself for the challenges
that you may
face living and working in Japan.

If you would like to attend any of these events, please FAX back the
RSVP form
that you will soon receive in the mail, or, because of the late date
that you
are receiving this information, you can also call us here at the
Consulate at
(415) 356-2462, and we can take your RSVP information over the
telephone. We
hope to meet you soon at one of these orientations!

*********

- TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TEFL) WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 2, 2004; 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in San
Francisco
This first evening seminar will provide an introduction to various
TEFL
approaches and pedagogy, highlight some of the challenges facing
TEFL teachers
working abroad, and help give ALTs a head start on gathering
teaching ideas
suitable for use in Japanese foreign-language classrooms.

- TEAM-TEACHING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 9, 2004; 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in San
Francisco
This second of two evening seminars will include a team-teaching
demonstration,
offer tips for ALTs on working together with Japanese English
Teachers, and give
participants a head start on preparing teaching lessons and
materials for their
time in Japan.

- 4-WEEK BEGINNING JAPANESE CLASSES
Tuesday, June 8th to Tuesday, June 29th; 6:10 - 8:10 PM
Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in San
Francisco
This weekly class is designed to provide the linguistic "survival
skills" that
JETs with little or no prior Japanese language experience will need
for their
time in Japan. This class will be held every Tuesday for four
weeks, and
depending on the level of our interested participants, we may also
be able to
offer a "low-intermediate" level class, as well.

- ALUMNI-LED ORIENTATION
Sunday, June 27, 2004; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Radisson Miyako Hotel, San Francisco
Co-sponsored with the JET Alumni Association of Northern California
(JETAANC),
this orientation brings together former and future JETs for an
informative day
of workshops and discussions on how to prepare mentally and
physically for your
trip, what to pack before you go, and the practical "how-to's" of
living and
working in Japan as a JET. We *strongly* encourage you to set aside
time for
this important event!

- "ASK JETAA" INFORMATION NIGHTS
Various dates at locations throughout the Bay Area
Questions suddenly coming to mind as you begin preparing for your
year in Japan?
To help ease those nagging worries, the JET Alumni Association of
Northern
California will be sponsoring informal "Ask JETAA" Information
Nights in
different locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. An e-mail
schedule of
these Information Nights will arrive soon -- pick the location most
convenient
for you and feel free to drop by to ask questions, express concerns,
or just
hang out and chat with our local JET alums about their own personal
tips and
experiences.

- PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION & FAREWELL RECEPTION
Friday, July 30, 2004
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Orientation); 5:00 - 6:30 PM (Reception)
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
This mandatory orientation will take place the day before departure,
providing
participants with last-minute travel, luggage and visa information,
language
practice, and an opportunity to meet with other JETs placed in
similar areas in
Japan. The orientation will be followed by a farewell reception
hosted by the
Consul General of Japan in San Francisco.

- DEPARTURE FOR JAPAN
Saturday, July 31st
San Francisco International Airport
Unless you indicated a different departure point on your Reply Form,
you will
depart together with other JET participants on Saturday, July 31st,
and after
crossing the International Date Line, arrive at Narita Airport in
Tokyo on
Sunday, August 1st.


We hope that this gives you a better sense of what lies in store for
you over
the next couple of months! As mentioned above, if you'd like to
attend any of
the above events, please feel free to contact us any time here at
the the
Consulate at (415) 356-2462 or by e-mail at jet@c.... We look
forward to
seeing you!

Sincerely,
Andrew


---------------------------
Andrew Lee
JET Program Coordinator
Japan Information Center
Consulate General of Japan
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 356-2462
FAX: (415) 777-0518
<<http://www.cgjsf.org/jet>>
jet@c...

starnia
May 16th, 2004, 06:32
I got this too.

I love Andrew. He is the nicest person in the whole world. Everytime I call (which is way more often than is reasonable), he tells me everything he knows. Unfortunately, these days, it isn't much...sigh, when will I know where I am going so I can get shopping?