Spring Reports 2014

In April 2014, current JET Programme participants participated in AJET’s Spring Survey, which covered 4 key topic areas: Changes to Elementary School Education, English-speaking Coordinators in Schools, ALTs as Solo Educators and AJET Activities and Services. Over the ensuing weeks, members of the AJET National Council and a small team of volunteers worked to analyse the results and write-up reports based on the data gathered. Each of the four reports then underwent a thorough review and revision process before being translated into Japanese.

On June 16th, members of the former and current AJET National Council met with officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) to discuss the results of these spring surveys and their implications. For more information regarding this latest Opinion Exchange meeting, please refer to this page.

To view the contents of each of AJET’s latest reports (in English), please use the links below. If you have any questions about the reports or the in-depth process that produced them, or would like a copy of any of these reports in Japanese, please contact the Project Manager at projects@ajet.net.

Changes to Elementary School Educationfull report
English-speaking Coordinators in Schoolsfull report
ALTs as Solo Educatorsfull report
AJET Activities and Services Reviewfull report

Autumn/Winter Reports 2013

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In September 2013, current JET participants and JET alumni participated in the autumn surveys conducted by AJET. With the data gathered, the AJET National Council worked for weeks analysing the results and writing reports on three key topics: Community Involvement, Disaster Awareness and Preparedness, and Life After the JET Programme. Once the reports were completed, they underwent an intense review and revision process to ensure that we would present the best information possible at the Winter 2013 Opinion Exchange. Each report and all of its attached graphs were also translated into Japanese by a very dedicated team of volunteers across Japan so ensure that all readers would have a clear picture of the reports’ findings. Finally, on December 16th, eight members of the AJET National Council met with officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) to review the results of the autumn/winter surveys and their implications. The discussion surrounding the findings was fruitful and informative for all parties and we hope to see positive changes made in the near future based on these results.

Please find the executive summaries of each report below as an introduction to the full reports. We hope that the entire JET community will find the results as interesting and informative as we did. If you are interested in reading the results in more detail, feel free to peruse the full reports using the links below.

If you have any questions about the reports or the in-depth process that produced them, please contact the Project Manager at projects@ajet.net.

Community Involvement

Disaster Awareness and Preparedness

Life After the JET Programme

For more information on the Winter 2013 Opinion Exchange meeting and to see a summary of the discussions between MIC, MOFA, MEXT, CLAIR and AJET surrounding these reports, please click on the link below.

Winter 2013 Opinion Exchange Meeting

Spring 2013 OE: AJET General Activities Report; Discussion Summary

This is a summary of the Spring 2013 Opinion Exchange meeting between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR); and National AJET. The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, ‘AJET National Council 2013 General Activities’. To access the full report, please click here.

AJET National Council 2013 General Activities
Written by Mark Noizumi, Sally Wals, Hal Edmonson, Mary Margaret Gilliam, Sarah Lewis, Joe Moore and Sabbi Topal
Presented by Mark Noizumi, Interpreted by Sally Wals

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Spring 2013 OE: Professional Development for Coordinators of International Relations; Discussion Summary

This is a summary of the Spring 2013 Opinion Exchange meeting between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR); and National AJET. The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, ‘Professional Development for Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs)’. To access the full report, please click here.

Professional Development of Coordinators for International Relations
Written by Luke D.K. Happle, Justin Bussies, James Kemp, Neetha Mony and Chris Mulder
Presented and Interpreted by Luke D.K. Happle

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Spring 2013 OE: Reappointment and Retention; Discussion Summary

This is a summary of the Spring 2013 Opinion Exchange Meeting between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR); and National AJET. The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, ‘Reappointment and Retention’. To access the full report, please click here.

Reappointment and Retention
Written by Amelia Hagen, Kevin McCoy, Alan Inkster, Melania Jusuf, Raygan Solotki and James Thomas
Presented and Interpreted by Kevin McCoy

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Winter 2012 OE: Utilisation of ALTs in the Workplace; Discussion Summary

This is the summary of the Winter 2012 Opinion Exchange Meeting between National AJET, the Council for Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, “Utilisation of ALTs in the Workplace.” To access the full report, click here.

The Utilisation of ALTs in the Workplace
Written by Sarah Lewis, Kevin McCoy, Justin Bussies, Mary Margaret Gilliam, Amelia Hagen, Joe Moore, Chris Mulder, and Anni Pullagura
Presented and Interpreted by Kevin McCoy

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2012 Winter OE: JET Programme Participants’ Relationships with Their Contracting Organisations; Discussion Summary

This is the summary of the Winter 2012 Opinion Exchange Meeting between National AJET, the Council for Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, “JET Programme Participants’ Relationships with Their Contracting Organisations.” To access the full report, click here.

JET Programme Participants’ Relationships with Their Contracting Organisations
Written by Sabbi Topal, Sally Wals, Alan Inkster, James Kemp, Raygan Solotki, and James Thomas
Presented and Interpreted by Sally Wals

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2012 Winter OE: Volunteering on the JET Programme; Discussion Summary

This is the summary of the Winter 2012 Opinion Exchange Meeting between National AJET, the Council for Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). The following is a summary of the discussion regarding the report, “Volunteering on the JET Programme.” To access the full report, click here.

Volunteering on the JET Programme
Written by Neetha Mony, Luke Happle, Ernesta Burke, Melania Jusuf, and Mark Noizumi
Presented and Interpreted by Luke Happle

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Spring 2012 AJET Opinion Exchange Meetings

AJET OE Spring 2012On May 14th and 15th, the Spring 2012 Opinion Exchange meeting was held in Tokyo. This year’s discussion topics were: the Evaluation of the Support Systems for JET Participants, AJET’s General Activities Report, and the Acquisition of Japanese Language and Culture by JET Participants report.

Evaluation of the Support System for JET Participants

Surveys were conducted by AJET to assess JET participants’ awareness of the various support resources that are available to them and to identify their level of satisfaction with those services. These resources were examined under these areas: the JETLINE, the Counseling Support Committee (CSC), the Peer Support Group (PSG), and Prefectural Advisors (PAs). You can read the report here and the discussion summary here.

Spring OE General Activities Report

While AJET worked very hard over the past year to ensure that JETs are better satisfied with our services, we also worked to expand our services. As always, we worked to strengthen the council’s relationships with CLAIR, the Three Ministries, and other government-related organizations. In addition, AJET positioned itself to be more successful in the future by re-evaluating its business structure and working towards a more financially sustainable business model.  AJET began work to secure a sound financial future through new and more meaningful relationships with organizations that can benefit JETs. You can read the report here and the discussion summary here.

The Acquisition of Japanese Language and Culture by JET Participants

The JET Programme has promoted grassroots internationalization from its inception, and JETs have lived up to this mandate. JETs would like to continuously do so, if the resources are provided. As a result, this report was completed to assess the extent to which Japanese language and culture have played important roles in the lives of JET participants. Two main areas were examined in order to ascertain AJET’s findings. Those surveyed were current JETs and JET alumni. You can read the report here and the discussion summary here.

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Winter 2011 AJET Opinion Exchange

The AJET team at the Winter 2011 Opinion Exchange

The AJET team at the December 2011 Opinion Exchange

The JET Programme is administered by a complex team of several different branches of the Japanese government, CLAIR, MEXT, MOFA, and MIC, all of whom have a specific role in its administration and management. Twice a year, AJET has the opportunity to participate in an open discussion with representatives from each of these ministries in order to shed light on a variety of topics, ranging from issues that JETs face in their day to day lives, to ways to improve the operations of the Programme itself.

On December 12th and 13th, the Winter 2011 Opinion Exchange meeting was held in Tokyo. This years discussion topics included an analysis of the PA system, a report on limitations in elementary school English education, and a report on ways that the ministries can support what AJET does for JETs on a volunteer basis. The discussions were very productive and shed light on the importance of AJET and the ministries’s collaboration on issues that affect one of the largest international exchange initiatives in the world.

Donny Anderson, (Translator) Matthew Cook (Chair) and Adam Chludzinski (Block 11 Rep)

Donny Anderson, (Translator) Matthew Cook (Chair) and Adam Chludzinski (Block 11 Rep)

 

Peer Review of the PA System – AJET surveyed and interviewed Prefectural Advisors from all over Japan in order to better understand the working conditions and challenges that PAs encounter. Based on the results of our survey, AJET identified four main themes to discuss with CLAIR, MEXT, MOFA, and MIC at our biannual opinion exchange meeting in December. The themes discussed included the selection and training of JETs appointed as PAs in their first year on the program, delineating PA roles during disaster situations (particularly in the aftermath of March 11th), and more.

To view the report click here.   

To read the discussion click here. 

To download the presentation notes, click here. 

Foreign Language Activities at the Elementary School Level – The findings in this report were directed at the Ministry of Education, and included recommendations about how AJET could assist them in providing large scale solutions to problems within a system that is dependent on localities for its policy changes. This report was entirely fueled by the responses and views of elementary school JETs working in the field, and highlights many trends within English teaching.

To view the report, click here.

To read the discussion, click here. 

2011-2012 AJET Council

2011-2012 AJET Council

General Activities Report – This year, AJET presented a detailed breakdown of all the recent changes to our organizational structure via the General Activities report. The purpose of this report was to make our operations more understandable for the ministries who support us, and reach out for financial and logistical assistance. Since AJET functions on a 100% not for profit basis, with no government budget, we rely on support from the Programme’s coordinators in many ways. Ultimately, we were all reminded of our organizations’ common goals, and received new support as well as the promise of continued cooperative assistance.
To view the report click here.

To view the AJET Brand Guide click here.

To read the discussion click here. 

The Winter 2011 Opinion Exchange Meetings were interpreted by Donny Anderson, Erica Nakanishi-Stanis, and Denise Schlickbernd.

Spring 2011 AJET Reports

May 2011 General Activities Report

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The General Activities Report will discuss past and current projects and activities of National AJET from the past several months. As well as presenting National AJET, the report will showcase events and activities from prefecture AJET chapters. We encourage questions and comments from CLAIR and the ministries about the following projects and activities.

5月2011年 一般活動報告書

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当報告書は全国AJET役員会(以下NAJET)の活動に関する情報のほか、NAJETの自己調査アンケートの結果、そして今後のNAJETの目標を含めたレポートである。

Mental Health

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JET participants come to Japan and engage in a completely new environment and a culture dissimilar to their own. This experience may cause changes within their lives, whether they be physical, mental, or otherwise.

The changes in the mental health that JETs experience, both living and working in Japan, can also affect their ability to represent their country and culture to the Japanese people, and their performance at work.

This report will explore the following areas:
1. The current state of JET mental health.
2. The current services provided to JETs regarding mental health.
3. The role Prefectural Advisors play in the mental health of JETs.
4. Most common stressors for JETs
5. Provide suggestions to improve the mental health of JETs

メンタルヘルス・心の健康

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JET参加者は来日すると共に、母国と全く異なる環境や文化に入り込むこととなる。このような経験は彼らに身体的、精神的などの様々な変化をもたらす可能性がある。

JET参加者が日本に住み、働くことによって経験する精神的な変化は職場にて大きな影響を及ぼすこともあり、参加者が自分の母国の文化を紹介することに支障を与えることも有り得る。

このレポートは特に下記の点に注目する:
1.JET参加者の現在の精神健康状態
2.現在JET参加者に提供する精神衛生事業
3.精神衛生に関してカウンセリング担当者(以下PA)が担う役割
4.多く見られるストレスの原因
5.JETプログラムが運営する精神衛生事業の改善のための提案

ENGLISH IN ENGLISH: A SURVEY ON THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2013 MEXT POLICY

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This report will explore the following areas:

  • Senior high school ALTs’ current understanding of the policy
  • Suggestions on how to better inform ALTs on the guidelines
  • The ALTs’ position within the new policy, including their role in school and in team-teaching lessons
  • ALTs’ concerns with the policy
  • Avenues for ALT participation when implementing the policy
  • Discuss what (if any) training ALTs will receive in order to implement the policy

英語を英語のまま: 平成25年度の高校における文科省政策に対する調査について

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本報告書では、以下のテーマを取り上げる:

  • 高等学校に配置されるALTの新学習指導要領に対する理解
  • ALTの新学習指導要領に対する理解を高めるための提案
  • 新学習指導要領における学校やティームティーチング授業におけるALTの役割
  • 新学習指導要領に対するALTの懸念
  • ALTが役立てる、新学習指導要領の実施に向けた取り組み
  • 新学習指導要領の実施にあたるALT研修

December 2010 AJET Reports

Dec 2010 General Activities Report

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The General Activities Report will discuss past and current projects and activities of National AJET from the past several months. As well as presenting National AJET, the report will showcase events and activities from prefecture AJET chapters. We encourage questions and comments from CLAIR and the ministries about the following projects and activities.

2010年12月一般活動レポート

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当レポートでは、過去数カ月にわたって行われた、または現在も継続中の全国AJETのプロジェクト及び活動について説明するとともに、都道府県別支部の活動についても紹介する。下記のプロジェクトや活動について、自治体国際化協会(以下CLAIR)、文部科学省、外務省、総務省からのご質問やご意見等を頂きたいと考えている。

JET Programme Orientations

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Most JET Programme participants attend three orientations prior to and just after their arrival in Japan. Participants usually attend their consulate’s pre-departure, Tokyo, and prefectural or designated city orientations. These orientations provide information regarding a typical JET Programme participant’s workday, Japanese customs and culture, culture shock, lesson planning and development, as well as other topics. Although a lot of topics are presented at the orientations, JET Programme participants often don’t feel adequately prepared for their first day on the job. This report will discuss suggestions for improvement for each orientation.

JETプログラムの諸オリエンテーション

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来日にあたって、多くのJETプログラム参加者は在外公館での出発直前オリエンテーション、東京オリエンテーション、取りまとめ団体オリエンテーション、三つのオリエンテーションに参加する。これら三つのオリエンテーションでは、学校での典型的な一日、日本の習慣や文化、カルチャーショック、教案作成及び発展などといった、数多くの課題について情報を提供しているのにもかかわらず、新規JETプログラム参加者は初出勤日の準備が十分できていると実感できないことがよくある。本報告書は、それぞれのオリエンテーションのための改善提案を取り上げるものである。

Integration in the Workplace

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As more Contracting Organisations opt for privately-employed ALTs and CIRs, it is apparent that JET participants worry about the number of JETs being reduced yearly, as well as the Japanese government’s willingness to continue the program. By analysing factors that relate to JETs and their work duties and performance, both in and outside of their contracted hours, this survey examines JETs’ concerns on workplace integration.

職場の環境整備

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外国語指導助手(ALT)や国際交流員(CIR)を民間企業に依頼する任用団体が増加し、
JET参加者が年々減少する中、日本政府によるJETプログラムの継続意思に対するJET参加者の懸念が強まっている。今回の調査では、就労時間と就労時間外における、主にJET参加者の業務や実績に関連する要因を分析し、職場の環境整備に関連する懸案事項を検討した。

May 2010 AJET Reports

May 2010 General Activities Report


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The General Activities Report will discuss past and current projects and activities of National AJET from the past several months. As well as presenting National AJET, the report will showcase events and activities from prefecture AJET chapters. We encourage questions and comments from CLAIR and the ministries about the following projects and activities.

2010年5月一般活動レポート


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当レポートでは、過去数カ月にわたって行われた、または現在も継続中の全国AJETのプロジェクト及び活動について説明するとともに、都道府県別支部の活動についても紹介する。下記のプロジェクトや活動について、自治体国際化協会(以下CLAIR)、文部科学省、外務省、総務省からのご質問やご意見等を頂きたいと考えている。

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME ON JET


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One of the JET Programme’s goals is to promote grassroots, international exchange. Indeed, many JET Programme participants (JETs) regularly participate in— or even design and implement— events and projects that promote internationalisation. On the other hand, many JETs have difficulty getting involved in these events, despite having more than ample time during work hours. There are many reasons for this, ranging from JETs’ lack of understanding of how to participate, to a high degree of difficulty in obtaining permission from contracting organisations.

JET経験を最大限に活用するために


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JETプログラムの目標の一つは草の根レベルの国際交流を図ることである。数多くのJET参加者は日頃からその国際交流を促進するイベントや事業に参加したり、または企画や実行もしたりしている。しかしその一方、勤務中はそれほど忙しくもないにもかかわらず、こういったものへの参加が難しいというJET参加者は多数いる。これには参加方法がわからない、あるいは契約団体からなかなか許可が得られないという様々な理由があるからである。

Mid Year Conferences Reports


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This report will represent a general picture of current Mid Year Conferences presented annually in each prefecture (hereafter referred to as MYCs) and the strengths and weaknesses of these conferences as experienced by the JET community. This report focuses on the prefectural MYCs for ALTs and does not evaluate the CIR Mid Year Conference. Also, this report will provide case studies of prefectures that had significant positive reviews from their JETs, and what made those conferences exceptional. We invite CLAIR and the three ministries to offer their feedback and advice on this topic.

中間研修会報告書


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当報告書では、各県で毎年行われる中間研修会の概要およびJET参加者が感じた研修会の良い点・改善すべき点について報告する。当報告書はALT(外国語指導助手)向けの中間研修会にのみ焦点を当ており、CIR(国際交流員)向けの中間研修会を評価するものではない。また、幾つか事例を挙げ、JET参加者から寄せられた肯定的な意見や評価の高かった会議を紹介していく。自治体国際化協会(CLAIR)、文部科学省、外務省、総務省にフィードバックやアドバイスをいただきたい。