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    Re: Vantage Japan and JIEC?

    Thanks for your input, Gizmotech.

    JIEC contacted me for an interview, and the good vibes continued with a really nicely put together introduction packet with straightforward info on the company,...
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    Vantage Japan and JIEC?

    Just wondering if anyone has experience with Vantage or JIEC. Both are kindergarten dispatch companies.

    TL;DR: Have you heard of these companies? Is it good or weird to be told that the owner...
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    Re: Returning to Japan & Job Listing Red Flags

    Thanks a million for your response, genkispirit!

    Watching for spelling mistakes makes a lot of sense. I do tend to Google (and occasionally find blogs by people who have worked for the school in...
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    Returning to Japan & Job Listing Red Flags

    I was on JET for 2 years a while back, and am now considering a return to Japan.

    1. I'm just wondering if there is anything I need to know about returning--does having lived in Japan before...
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    Re: How to talk to small children?

    There may not be any specific topics to talk about to make her feel better. Probably just having someone to talk to in English for an hour, about anything, will make her feel better. It's...
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    Re: Do ALTs have to pay for NHK?

    They tracked down my supervisor, who signed me up to have it automatically taken from my account monthly. I've turned on my tv hardly more than 3 times in the past year and a half, so I didn't...
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    Viral Video Lesson

    Has anyone ever done a lesson using viral videos (OK Go's music videos, David After Dentist, Star Wars Kid, Diet Coke and Mentos, etc.)?

    I'm teaching at a nursing school where the students are all...
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    Re: Wierdest lesson plans

    I think that the Australian funeral lesson is and will forever be the winning weirdest lesson... That's amazing. Did someone take video?

    The weirdest (and also most frustrating) lesson I ever...
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    Re: Time filler games

    If you don't already do criss cross, that's a good one. I'm sure you'd already know it, but just in case you don't... All the kids stand up and you ask a question ("How's the weather?" "What time...
  10. Re: Ideas for a game to help me learn students names

    I have a really hard time with names too. In general, the names I know the best are the students who are always acting up and misbehaving in class, because the JTE always has to say their name and...
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    Re: Game incentives...

    I use stickers at most of my schools, and it's helped the motivation quite a bit. I was a little against "bribing" them at first, but most of the students here aren't really motivated to learn...
  12. Re: Rules for using Japanese nouns in plural form (in English sentences)?

    I also avoid using the s. It sounds weird. After all, not even everything in English needs an s to be understood as plural (deer and deer, for example). No idea if there's a real rule, though.
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    Re: Mid-Year Conference

    I'm glad Hokkaido's is in December. October/November just seems too early. It wouldn't be so bad as a second year, but I think it would be a bit annoying as a first year.

    Also, I just need to...
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    Re: Your location in the staffroom

    My desk at the BoE is directly across from the coffee/tea/omiyage table. My back is towards the table, which means anyone waiting for their tea to steep is really likely to be looking at my computer...
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    Re: enkai awkwardness?

    I've often been in the position of being the only girl at an enkai with a bunch of 35+ (mostly very much +) guys. I always have fun! A lot of people suddenly have English skills as soon as they get...
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    Re: Bus cards

    In my neck of the woods, you can get them at bus terminals AND from the bus drivers.
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    Re: What's good to do in Tohoku

    I'll second Hirosaki. It's fantastic. If you go there, you should try to go to the street with the houses where the samurai families used to live. Some of the descendants still live in those...
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    I've never been to anything like that, but it...

    I've never been to anything like that, but it would probably be ridiculously fun and I'd sure snap up the chance. Go for it!
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    Zenshou Eiken special class

    So at one of my schools, I have one student who will be taking the Zenshou Eiken (commercial English.... or something like that, according to my JTE) test soon. She's getting special classes, and...
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    Re: How do you get to school?

    It's very normal for BoE's to not allow driving during work hours. But yeah, either a teacher should pick you up, or the BoE should pay your taxi expenses.
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    Re: How do you get to school?

    Population here is about 10,000. I take the bus to the BoE and to most of my schools. One school requires bus and train, and another school is reached by ferry. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for not...
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    Re: What are your working hours?

    Not a standard. Mine is currently 8:45 to 4:45. It was 9 to 4:45 when I started, but they added 15 minutes to make the lunch break a full hour.
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    Re: Do I have tatami mold?

    I've also heard that sometimes they can be a bit green where furniture has been not because of mold, but because fresh ones start out a bit green, and if furniture is on them from the start, the sun...
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    Re: Do I have tatami mold?

    Damn. The friend said cleaning might help, so I figured you could get them cleaned. But then again, she doesn't have any tatami in her place, so I guess she wouldn't really know if you could or...
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    Re: Do I have tatami mold?

    Tatami mats.

    My allergies are much worse whenever I'm in my apartment, and one of my friends said it's probably those (and I agree). I doubt they've ever been cleaned beyond vacuuming. And you...
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