Applications for Assistant Language Teacher in the 2021 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme started last October 1, 2020, in the Philippines and I am one of the aspiring applicants. With the on-going pandemic, gathering the needed documents can be frustrating as most schools are closed during this time. Fortunately for me, I was able to get my documents beforehand cause I’m also planning to get a Student Permit as a backup plan in case I won’t get into the JET Proggramme (hope I will pass JET). This is my first application since I just graduated last 2019 and waiting for the Licensure Exam for Teacher. Now, let’s take a look at key duties and responsibilities, requirements, and the JET Programme.
About the JET Programme
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme was launched in 1987 to boost the internationalization of Japanese communities and to strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and other nations by giving professionals from various countries employment opportunities in local Japanese municipalities. Over the years, the number of programme participants steadily increased. In 2019, there were 5,761 participants on the Programme from 57 countries, including the Philippines.
The JET Programme is conducted by local authorities and other organizations (Contracting Organizations) of Japan with the help of 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).
All interested individuals are welcome to join the JET Programme. Successful JET Programme applicants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries and will be assigned in local authorities including public and private elementary, junior high, or senior high schools. The JET Programme demands at least a year-long commitment from its participants. As such, it is preferable for participants to be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing various job duties, and to have a deep interest in Japan.
Upon the duration of the Programme, the participants are expected to build strong relationships with people in their assigned communities in Japan through various language and cultural exchange activities. Ideally, upon returning to their home countries, participants would not only keep their ties with their local communities in Japan, but also use their expanded network and experience to further develop the bilateral relations between Japan and their home countries.
The JET Programme is one of the largest exchange programmes in the world. It has gained an excellent reputation globally over the last 30 years. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Japanese Embassies and Consulates in participating countries, facilitates the recruitment, application, and selection process for the JET Programme.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) will work in private or public schools, or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. ALTs’ primary task is to assist in classes led by Japanese Teachers of English in the following manners:
● Assisting in the preparation of teaching materials;
● Planning and supervising extracurricular activities for students, such as English club or sport activities;
● Organizing cultural or international exchange programs.
- be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
- be both mentally and physically healthy.
- be willing and able to adapt to living and working in Japan, and be determined to responsibly complete their period of participation.
- hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date.
- be a Filipino citizen.
- be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in English and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately; have the ability to form sentences in a comprehensive and logical manner. (See Note 1)
- not have participated on the Programme since the 2017 JET Programme year or have participated on the Programme for more than 5 years in total.
- not have declined a position on the Programme after receiving notification of assignment in the previous JET Programme year (excluding cases where it is accepted that the Participant had a valid, inevitable reason for withdrawing).
- not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years in total since 2010.
- have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.
- concerning entry into Japan for participation on the Programme, agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
- be willing to obey all Japanese laws.
- Applicants with a suspended jail term must have finished their period of probation by the time they submit their application form.
- be interested in the Japanese education system, particularly foreign language education in Japan.
- be interested in working with children.
- be qualified as a language teacher or be strongly motivated to take part in the teaching of foreign languages.
(taken from https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html )
For more detail regarding JET Programme you can visit http://jetprogramme.org/en/ )