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  1. Re: Do GPA/transcripts matter all that much for successfuly applying?

    Just have a good answer if they ask you about your grades. I have a massive gap in my transcript, and you better bet I have a good reason for it.
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    Re: Interac Placements Winter/Spring 2013

    ... not to be a jerk, but when Interac first hired me they gave me 3 days notice to be in Tokyo.

    I turned them down for a different position starting 9 days later. They can be really crazy about...
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    Re: Cooking in the Classroom

    Spoken like someone who has clearly burned their share of tortillas.
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    Re: Cooking in the Classroom

    Haha, well... off the top of my head tortillas are just flour, baking powder (or is it soda?, pretty sure its powder) and lard. I've never actually looked for lard in a Japanese grocery store, but I...
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    Re: Cooking in the Classroom

    I have seen hard shells at foreign food stores before, but if you were really dedicated you could make your own tortillas, it isn't too hard.
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    Re: Cooking in the Classroom

    Haven't done it myself, but I've heard people having amazing success with Tacos.
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    Re: Anyone else confused yet?

    I would, but no one changes into a tracksuit. Seriously weird to see someone teaching 8 year olds every day in a suit and tie, but that is how it goes.
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    Re: Anyone else confused yet?

    Yes, lowering the bar is indeed tough. At my current elementary school I wear a tie every damn day, its a nuisance and often a garrote. Just depends on where you go, my own rule is never be the...
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    Re: Anyone else confused yet?

    My principal would have broken my thumbs if I'd shown up to my "academic" high school in anything less than a suit. At my first Elementary school I wore whatever didn't have holes in it. You'll...
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    Alot more than just the apartment to think about...

    Alot more than just the apartment to think about for a pet, there's also the quarantine, vaccines, etc etc.

    But, in the Leo Palace's I've lived in the AC is set on an automatic 3 hour timer, you...
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    Re: Japanese children's books

    Hmm, comics are great. Something like Doraemon will have furigana for almost all the Kanji, and there are hundreds (thousands, billions?) of issues. I read it with my students sometimes.

    I've...
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    Re: Japanese children's books

    Just to clarify, you want them to learn to read Japanese? As in ねこがマットにすわっている。

    Or are you trying to teach English in terrifying katakana?

    Or is it too early for my brain to work?
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    Re: Interac Short Essay Help

    .... Fiiiiine, yes, that's true. It's just, man, grammar mistakes in an essay applying to be an English teacher? I'd throw the application away after reading something with so many obvious...
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    I feel working with Interac will benefit me...

    I feel working with Interac will benefit me personally and I will be able to demonstrate my abilities... or I feel working with Interac will benefit me personally and demonstrate my ...
    .. I would...
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    Is lithium REALLY that expensive where you live?

    Is lithium REALLY that expensive where you live?
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    Re: clothes for ALTs?

    I usually wear a collared shirt, but the general rule of thumb I usually go by is don't be the worst dressed person in the office. Unless I'm going to Kindy, then I wear whatever is dark enough to...
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    Re: A week in the life of an ALT

    What an excellent rendition of ALT life. Though, personally, I find bonefish kyuushoku delicious. Mmmm.
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    Trust me, a lack of Japanese will not stop them...

    Trust me, a lack of Japanese will not stop them from placing you in a rural location. I spoke no Japanese at all when I showed up, and they placed me in a very rural location. It was a month before...
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    This is normal, every school I have worked at...

    This is normal, every school I have worked at does not give you a break during the day, excluding lunch (which you likely eat with the students).

    As for the pay it sounds like the usually minimum...
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    Depends on the branch. I worked with Hiroshima...

    Depends on the branch.

    I worked with Hiroshima branch. The "choice" they gave me was between several Leo Palace apartments, in the same building... I was told that if I didn't take one of those...
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    Re: Suddenly I'm back in first grade...

    Relax, from most of the 外人 I know who have mastered kanji learned it in less than 2 decades.
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    Interac provides lesson plans for each year of ES...

    Interac provides lesson plans for each year of ES and JHS classes on their teaching website. You won't have access to it unless you are an employee.

    Also, when I worked for them, most employees...
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    I actually had a pretty good training with my...

    I actually had a pretty good training with my current company, a crash course in how to plan, write, and deliver a basic lesson.

    My previous company gave me none. Follow up training sessions for...
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    ...I forgot about pie.... Japan doesn't have...

    ...I forgot about pie....

    Japan doesn't have public transport? Its 10000 times better than where I'm originally from.
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    Rampant obesity. Walking around armed at night. ...

    Rampant obesity. Walking around armed at night. Casual theft. Politics (thank god for the language barrier).
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