Representatives from the JET Programme will be visiting campus on Thursday 3 October 2013 to speak with UNE students about exchange and teaching opportunities in Japan. The information session will be held at 11:00am in Arts Lecture Theatre 1 and is open to ALL students, regardless of whether or not you speak or are studying Japanese. It will also be available as a vodcast/podcast for students who are not able to attend.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, now in its 27th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2013, the Programme welcomed 4,372 participants from 40 countries.
No matter where you go in Japan today, you will find JET participants developing strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. After completing their time on the Programme, many former JET participants use their experiences in Japan to continue enhancing relations between Japan and their home countries.
The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Programme in cooperation with 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 local government organisations. CLAIR provides support for both JET participants and their contracting organisations by arranging each JET participant’s arrival and holding orientation seminars, as well as providing counselling and distributing a wide variety of essential resource materials and information.
The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for its role in advancing mutual understanding and for being one of the world’s largest exchange programmes. We hope many more individuals and regions will participate in the JET Programme during the 21st century so that even more progress can be made in the internationalisation of our local communities.
JET Programme participants are employed as one of the following positions: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). All JET participants, regardless of their title, are here for the same reason: to interact with local communites to promote internationalisation at the local level.
The positions are paid and the initial contract is for a minimum of one year.
Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
These participants are placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education. ALTs assist with classes taught by Japanese Teachers of English/Language (JTEs/JTLs) and are thus involved in the preparation of teaching materials and in extracurricular activities like English clubs or sports teams. More than 90% of JET participants are employed as ALTs.
Typical duties for an ALT:
- Team-teaching, or assisting with classes taught by JTEs/JTLs
- Assisting in the preparation of teaching materials
- Participating in extra-curricular activities with students
The minimum requirement for the ALT position is a completed Bachelor Degree. No Japanese language ability or previous teaching experience is required.
Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
Applicants with a functional command of the Japanese language can apply to work as CIRs, assisting local government offices in international exchange activities at the local level. Just under 10% of JET participants are CIRs and major duties often include translation/interpretation for government officials, teaching community or school English classes, and international exchange event planning and implementation.
Duties for a CIR may include:
- Receiving guests from abroad
- Editing and producing pamphlets in English or Japanese
- Advising and planning international exchange programmes
- Teaching English (or other languages) to government employees and local residents
As well as a completed Bachelor Degree, a high level of Japanese is required for the CIR position.
For more information, check out the JET Programme website.