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  1. Re: Who is the most "successful" JET alum you can think of?

    This poster right here. That's my answer to the OP.

    Also, I seem to have been pulled onto this forum by some kind of spacetime distortion. These posts I'm reading are from 2015. What's the future...
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    Sticky: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal...

    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal


    I wouldn't go for a "Sometimes I ... I think I care a little TOO much" response. I think a much better way to tackle this obnoxious question is to identify a...
  3. Thread: Quitting Jet

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    ORANGES FOR EVERYONE! Talk it over with...

    ORANGES FOR EVERYONE!

    Talk it over with someone with whom you're comfortable explaining your specific reasons and situation, like a friend or family member back home. Sometimes someone who isn't...
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    Re: JET Program to be Grounded?

    If a space that would be suitable for this purpose is available or could feasibly be made available, useless sit-at-the-BoE days could be replaced with free eikaiwa-type sessions. (Though I admit in...
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    Re: JET Program to be Grounded?

    I think that the primary selection criteria should be (1) teaching qualifications (2) Japanese language skills. Someone being a horrible person, terribly awkward, or just plain unhinged might well...
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    No problem! Thank you for putting in the effort...

    No problem! Thank you for putting in the effort to generate some real learning in your elementary school classes. I think it also just plain makes sense: if you ask the average person to teach...
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    Re: Elementary curriculum

    I think that going in order works fine; it saves some "did we do this?" headaches and also gives the kids a clearer sense of progress. Furthermore, I think that singling out "hard" letters could be...
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    Re: Work in Cram Schools

    re: Adrianjet

    1) Not to be facetious, but rather for the sake of concision: why didn't you go to a foreign university? (And no, I don't think you can get out of this by claiming that American...
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    Re: Elementary curriculum

    I have arrived in a DeLorean from the past! Word surely knows that I'm here to either complain about yobisute or talk about phonics. I am indeed inclined toward both of these activities, but I...
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    Re: What do you do w/ your JET savings?

    INVEST IN TIC TACS

    Costco Business Delivery - Tic Tac Orange 24 ct

    FOR A BETTER FUTURE
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    Re: Last Class Game

    Not a running around game, but I did it and I liked it!

    I like doing a quiz game (I did it as a betting game -- double or nothing with a share of their pool of money), where you also play along...
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    Re: how do you guys do this?

    I'm all for breaking words down and saying them slowly, with unnaturally-precise pronunciation, in order to teach them the sounds of the letters and develop their skill with English phonemes. That...
  13. Thread: martial arts

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    Re: martial arts

    In my experience, it's way harder tracking down a school that is not aimed at kids in Japan than in the US. I ended up basically not training the entire time I was there. In retrospect, I guess I...
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    I had an obnoxious fellow ALT who used to rant...

    I had an obnoxious fellow ALT who used to rant about stuff like that all the time. It was really embarrassing: she was the "fuck it, I'm in Japan! LOLZ GAIJIN SMASH!" sort of person. It's funny on...
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    Re: Ethical Dilemma

    Teach the days you're supposed to teach. Elementary school visits in particular are I think arranged way in advance and while they might be like, "Um, sure, no problem..." if you went to cancel...
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    Re: Altia and Interac

    Fucking Interac.

    I will buy you a beer if you do something to hurt that company.
  17. Absolutely correct. The incompetence of most...

    Absolutely correct. The incompetence of most JTEs is not even comparable to the incompetence of most JETs. The average JTE's incompetence level is several orders of magnitude higher.
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    Re: School Secretaries

    Carbon Rod先生は一生懸命頑張りますね。
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    Re: Post the Japanese you learn today here

    こっそり = stealthily, sneakily
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    LOLZ. +1

    LOLZ. +1
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    Re: The term "gaijin."

    If I woke up one morning and found that the word "gaijin" had perished from the earth, I would not mourn. That said...

    I don't consider it automatically offensive: in my limited understanding of...
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    Re: Indirectly Speaking - ENG in JPN

    A teacher gave me a copy of that core guidelines thing. (I don't have it handy, so I can't cite the exact section, but for all those who get told that phonics is not part of the curriculum or...
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    Re: Post the Japanese you learn today here

    Thanks for the tip, Rin!
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    Re: English you can't explain.

    High and tall: I am much too lazy to reproduce the diagram, but you can show the subtle difference in emphasis easily with a picture. Tall is counting up to X height. So it's like tall is the...
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    Well, yes, but I've yet to meet a JTE with the...

    Well, yes, but I've yet to meet a JTE with the sort of proficiency that I think is necessary to teach. I guess "fluent" basically just means flowing and conversational, so in that sense there are...
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