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    I've written two references for undergraduates...

    I've written two references for undergraduates I've taught and I mentioned that I had been a participant on the programme in the context of the candidates having (in my opinion) the right set of...
  2. Thread: flights

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    The consulates will work out how many people they...

    The consulates will work out how many people they need to deposit in Narita for the beginnings of the orientations and work from there. They almost always fly people business class, so whatever the...
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    I'm no longer a JET but certainly will look out...

    I'm no longer a JET but certainly will look out for the place, though usually try and avoid dodging the traffic on the 17, or end up sitting going nowhere on it while on the bus! I'm thinking that ...
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    This has probably been gone over before but my experience:

    I worked for a municipal BOE in junior high schools in Yamagata Prefecture my first two years, but I needed teaching experience in...
  5. Subsidising rent is a bonus, but if you don't get...

    Subsidising rent is a bonus, but if you don't get anything, you'll still make a good living.When I was a JET in Yamagata I lived in a house that was completely paid for by the BOE, and then went...
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    I was so disorganised and last minute I had to...

    I was so disorganised and last minute I had to take mine down to Piccadilly by hand - security took it without batting an eyelid and I had the card from the Jet desk to acknowledge receipt a couple...
  7. Agree with Socrate on this one - it's the...

    Agree with Socrate on this one - it's the determiner 'a' book that makes the phrase seem awkward, not the construction itself. If you said 'one book' or 'one example of a book' there would be no...
  8. I wouldn't worry too much about this - asking for...

    I wouldn't worry too much about this - asking for a CO/BOE/City that wants brits won't help you onto the programme, but might influence things once you're 'in'. There is a scoring system, and ratios...
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    Yakult ladies are like Mi5/FBI - they've pursued...

    Yakult ladies are like Mi5/FBI - they've pursued me across 3 prefectures. 2 days after moving into my office and feeling altogether too smug this January one arrived at the door, I felt compelled to...
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    I foolishly returned home to embark on a TEFL...

    I foolishly returned home to embark on a TEFL career - how deluded.

    JET pays a lot better than most TEFL jobs in Europe, and yep, more security, no cut throat managers making you work all hours...
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    I paid off my student loans whilst on JET - I'd...

    I paid off my student loans whilst on JET - I'd recommend doing it if you can, particularly if you intend to do graduate study on return. Just sent money home to my Natwest Account every few months...
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    My first base school was 23km from my (city)...

    My first base school was 23km from my (city) apartment, a few miles from a train station, a very steep 25-30 minute hike from the bus stop, which usually got me there late so I was given special...
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    Poll: I would have put all 4 options, as each...

    I would have put all 4 options, as each individual JTE was different, at least in JHS - in SHS the subject teachers tended to take a similar approach, partly because we all met once a month to...
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    Arigato is my favourite supermarket, sort of...

    Arigato is my favourite supermarket, sort of behind the Boots at Piccadilly Circus - it probably has less stuff than the Japan Centre, but isn't overpriced or full of tourists.

    Oriental City...
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    Thanks to the original poster - I went, it was...

    Thanks to the original poster - I went, it was really fantastic - though we had to leave before the bon dances - I was with a couple of Japanese women stuffing their faces (despite them saying it...
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    The medical section isn't a big deal if all your...

    The medical section isn't a big deal if all your notes are up-to-date and in one place. If you do have a long standing condition (even Asthma) you might want to talk to your doctor soonish to get...
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    Sendai is nowhere near as cold as Sapporo. The...

    Sendai is nowhere near as cold as Sapporo. The Summers can get up to the high thirties, and the humidity is drenching, but nothing like Kansai, and the early rainy season can even feel a bit chilly -...
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    I rarely eat sushi in the UK as (in my view) the...

    I rarely eat sushi in the UK as (in my view) the fish isn't good enough - Japanese friends swear by Waitrose sushi, but I'm not about to remortgage my house to get a regular fix ....

    Anway,...
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    Thanks for the info - I'll be going, probably to...

    Thanks for the info - I'll be going, probably to be buy ridiculously overpriced food. My favourite Japanese cafe is in Glasgow and my favourite J-supermarket is in London, so I've got used to the...
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    Re: Third time's a charm?

    Yep, don't be disheartened, if there's a nationality that values persistence it's the Japanese. Think about what JET wants, they don't necessarily want Japanese language skills, or TESOL...
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    Having gone to enkais post JET they have all been...

    Having gone to enkais post JET they have all been dull and boring and horribly sedate whereas ES/JHS enkais were always a laugh particularly when I had no Japanese. I do agree that it's probably...
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    No biggie, just the teachers said they wanted...

    No biggie, just the teachers said they wanted another British JET and asked me what I thought. I said I thought that the school would benefit from a different accent for kokusaika reasons and the...
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    Tohoku is my favourite part of Japan. I...

    Tohoku is my favourite part of Japan.

    I always prefer Matsushima from the bottom end, take the senseki line from Sendai to Hon Shiogama and take the public ferry to the out islands. You can get...
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    Hey, brilliant that you're teaching phonics -...

    Hey, brilliant that you're teaching phonics - well impressed here though speaking SSE (standard southern English) caught and cot are very different, but I'll let you off.

    If you're an IPA...
  25. Thread: Westgate?

    by turbotgenki
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    Re: Westgate?

    Though I eventually decided against it, I'd recommend Westgate for those who want junior college / senmon gakko teaching experience, but don't expect the university door to open easily without...
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