JET Alumni Survey for Research Purposes

In an effort to develop an overall profile of American alumni of the JET Program, with particular emphasis on the educational and professional experiences of alumni after participation in JET, JET Alum, Professor Emily Metzgar of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, is inviting JETAA members to participate in a research study of American alumni of … Continue reading

Four Ex-Students Want to Keep JET – Yet we need to hear from more!

A few months ago, an article about the debate on the benefits of the JET Programme caught my eye. On July 27, 2010, The Japan Times published an article as part of the response to the JET Programme being called out as part of the massive budget review.  In this article, four students speak about … Continue reading

JET Programme Update – Still on Chopping Block

This is just a brief update on the status of the JET Programme in light of the recent Japanese evaluation of governmental waste in spending.  The current JET issue has recently come to the attention to many international news outlets and the JET alumni community has been taking steps to get the word out and … Continue reading

What Not to Wear in the Workplace (for Foreign Teachers in Japan)

It’s April and the new school year is just starting! If you made a bad impression when you first arrived in Japan, now can be a good time to remake your image as a good, hard-working, and appropriately dressed ALT. With many teachers changing schools, you will be meeting new teachers for the first time, … Continue reading

Am I a Good ALT? – Getting Feedback From JET Programme Schools

Originally published in Gunmania: — “What does my school think of me?” is something that many ALTs often wonder. With little feedback from teachers due to time constraints or cultural differences, some ALTs are left without a clue as to how they are viewed in their job. Combine that with the Japanese tendency to … Continue reading