Five '08 graduates begin teaching jobs in Japan
RELEASED: July 31, 2008
"Thousands of participants recruited from dozens of countries are brought to Japan to work in various capacities," Talbot says, "although most of them are involved in language instruction of some kind."
"Teaching assistants help teach language classes with a Japanese English (or French or Chinese, etc) teacher," explains Harris, who turned down a Fulbright scholarship for the opportunity to teach in both middle schools and in elementary schools in Uto, Japan.
"I applied to JET because I was looking for an international experience," Harris continues. "Japanese was one of the languages that I studied in order to fulfill my self-designed modern languages major, and I wanted a chance to improve my Japanese."
But the program offers more to participants than a teaching job. Wilson explains, "For me, JET is really a chance to travel, expand my comfort zone, gain a better understanding of Japanese culture, get a little closer to becoming multicultural, and give back to a group of people who were such gracious hosts to me during my Centre-in-Japan experience."
Centre-in-Japan is an exchange program in which each year Centre students travel to Yamaguchi Prefectural University to hone their Japanese language skills and immerse themselves in the culture while living with a Japanese family.
Talbot says, "Centre-in-Japan was invaluable; there's no other adequate word. The home stay experience gives veterans of that program an edge in applying for JET that most other applicants won't have. Yamaguchi's rural setting, interaction with Japanese youth, and the level of cultural immersion via living with a family can lead to a mindset and body of experience that is, in my opinion, tailor-made for participation in the JET Programme."
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