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    Re: English Textbook insanity

    But how else can they make tests for students if they don’t distill everything down to fill-in-the-blank grammar/vocab or translation activities? You don’t actually expect teachers to know enough...
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    Re: English Textbook insanity

    Yep.

    Do you use the New Horizon books at your school? They sort of excuse the unusual diversity of the main characters by explaining they attend an international school.

    However, I don’t...
  3. Re: An actual genuine question I don't know the answer to

    No idea about the technical legalities, but as far as MEXT is concerned I know they definitely don’t consider ALTs to be real teachers and they are always referred to in official lesson plans,...
  4. Thread: JET USA - Updated?

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    Re: JET USA - Updated?

    It'll be fine. As long as the people you asked write strong recommendations then don't worry about whether or not they match the guidelines exactly. They're only guidelines, after all, not rules. I...
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    Re: Best cities to list as preference?

    This is neither. It's the complete list of every current JET program placement in Japan right now, broken down by country of origin, job type, contracting location, and years in Japan.

    To my...
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    Re: placement preference question

    I've heard it becomes a negative especially if you become an alternate since it means that they have to skip over you any time a placement pops up that isn't drive-able. There are only so many...
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    Re: Extra things you brought with you to Japan

    I can't remember everything, but I brought a lot of little things (English flash cards, a few graded readers, etc.) that in theory might be useful in the classroom but I ended up having no way to use...
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    Re: Extra things you brought with you to Japan

    If you're coming from the US, then you won't need a converter for your DS or any other Nintendo game systems. They seem to be the same in both countries, as far as I'm aware. In fact, any hardware...
  9. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    I did this too. I ran into one brief snag when I tried to withdraw too much at once, however. When I reduced the withdrawal amount, it worked just fine. If you get an error message that could be the...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    If they're still deciding the schools, then it's likely your pred hasn't been decided either. That's the way it is in my area. We know a bunch of people are leaving and a bunch of people are coming,...
  11. Re: Current & Former JETs - Your best and worst experience as a JET?

    Honestly, I can't think of many low moments that were related to JET or the job itself. But I did have one instance early on where I let myself get very bitter about my circumstances.

    I was...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    If you're looking at it as a tourist, then Sendai definitely isn't that interesting of a place. But I would argue it's one of the better placements to get. If you're placed in the city proper, then...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Well, if you have any specific questions I might be able to help. I'm not really sure what else you want to know.

    But you're right that there are a lot of young people from outside Sendai in the...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    I've spent a lot of time in Sendai. It's a nice place! But usually people aren't very keen about being placed in Tohoku which is why I asked. Was it one of your preferences?

    Also, if you haven't...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Hey, someone excited about going to Tohoku for once! Have you been there before?
  16. Re: Good alternative to questions warmup for Elementary School

    Why not make them ask simple questions to the student(s) sitting next to them? Start easy with just a "Hello, how are you?" and then each time add a different question, preferably something that...
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    Re: Translating Your Daily Activites

    If you have a willing audience, then I think it's really useful since they can give you instant feedback and you can guage how well you described things.

    Even if you don't, practicing saying...
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    Re: Seeing Japan: What to do in each prefecture?

    You can also eat delicious foods. For example, you can eat Echizen soba.
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    Re: Seeing Japan: What to do in each prefecture?

    Tohoku isn't the most exciting area, but there are some notable places to visit if you're headed up that way.

    Miyagi:
    仙台市 [Sendai City] = go shopping downtown; visit castle ruins at night to see...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    This is very true. Because almost everyone works weekdays, not nights, and has the weekends off, social events will be planned accordingly which may bar you from participating.

    I haven't done...
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    Poll: Re: JLPT July 3rd, 2016

    I'm taking the test for future jobs. I don't think the JLPT is a very good assessment of actual ability, but N2 is what many companies like to see so I figure I might as well have it on hand since...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    I was surprised that there weren't that many in my lecture room. But it took them so long to process my paperwork since I had to change my name and address in addition to the renewal, so I ended up...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Huh, well maybe green is the default after all. But I was explicitly told I had to use the newbie driver stickers for a year if I drove. Did you have to do that?
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Yes, you most definitely need to get a Japanese license if you plan to drive beyond one year. Here's a guide about licenses and driving in Japan straight from the US embassy. The only state that has...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Well I just renewed my license for the first time so I can tell you how it went in my corner of Japan. Note that your experience may vary if you get the blue license right off the bat. I couldn't...
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