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

In the discussion following the presentation of this report, it was established that because of the differences in students’ abilities, curriculum emphases, and the differences in stages of foreign language acquisition in elementary, junior high and senior high school English courses, ALT involvement naturally varies. Additionally, if a JET participant has concerns about working hours or conditions, including team teaching, they should consult first with their individual contracting organisation and then make use of the existing JET support systems (PAs, JETLINE, etc.) if necessary.

National AJET also discussed the Handbook for Team Teaching with MEXT. This is an important resource for both JTEs and ALTs at all school levels; as such, MEXT is planning on revising the handbook and distributing an expanded online version through an E-Learning platform written by JTEs for ALT use. This project is expected to develop in the next six months.

Finally, using the new course of study was also suggested as a method for improving ALT-JTE communications and team teaching with the introduction of new curriculum changes at all school levels. MEXT would like to consider National AJET’s assistance in an informal translation of the explanations for these courses of study for ALT participants to use in the workplace.