Akita Orientation 2018
- 1 Details
- 2 What to expect
- 3 What to bring
- 4 Dinner Party
- 5 Workshops
- 6 Table Talks
- 7 See also
- Check in time: 11:00 AM
- Where: The Prefectural Education Center, just outside of Akita City.
- When: August 16th & 17th
What to expect
Akita Orientation is designed to give new JETs all the information they need to thrive in Akita. There will be almost no instruction on culture shock or other topics that were covered at Tokyo Orientation. If there is overlap with Tokyo Orientation, it is because we believe our presentations will be of more use. New JETs should leave the conference with a solid idea of what to expect throughout the upcoming year and the particulars of their specific area of Akita.
What to bring
Akita Orientation is considered part of your normal work activities and you are expected to dress professionally throughout the conference. Because the August heat in Akita is rather harsh, short sleeved collared shirts without suit coats or ties are appropriate for men (known in Japan as Cool Biz). Dress for women is business casual.
With the exception of a very few people, new JETs will be staying overnight at the Education Center during orientation. Assume you will be staying over unless you have been told otherwise directly from your CO. Showers and public baths for males and females are available. See Onsen Etiquette for using the public bath. Soap is provided but that is about all in the way of amenities. You should bring everything else including the following:
- A bath towel & small vanity towel to cover up in the bath
- Shower amenities other than soap and shampoo
- Cash. There is no ATM at the center
- Athletic shoes, should you need them
- Your own pillow is reccomended.
There is a cafeteria at the center where you can buy breakfast and lunch. You will need to buy meal tickets at vending machines in the cafeteria at the center. The vending machines accept notes of ¥1000, and change no smaller than ¥10. Meal tickets should be bought as early as possible as they have a tendency to run out.
Keep in mind that the Prefectural Education center is not a hotel, but rather a training center for government employees. As such, please treat the building, staff, and others staying there with respect.
Charity Akita provided a sushi dinner held in the tatami room.
Menu: Sushi selection with soft drinks
Price: Free of charge
This year saw an increase in government mandated presentations, which the PAs do not have posession of. Located below are a list of presentations that were given by ALTs and after a short time they will also include the presentations themselves.
Laws & Safety
- Aaron Kern
Laws in Japan are going to differ from those in your home country. This presentation will go over basic laws for daily life, safety precautions, as well as who to consult for legal matters.
Natural Disasters in Akita and the JET Emergency Response Manual
- Kathryn Ross
Japan is a country that has to deal with a lot of natural disasters, so you too should be prepared. Included in this presentation are the procedures you should follow in the event that you find yourself in danger.
Getting to Know Your Block
From Kosaka to Yuzawa, all of Akita is wonderful, but our Block Leaders are going to show you the best of your areas in one exciting show! Afterwards, you will be getting to know your block a little better with some ice breaker games.
Health, Safety, Culture Shock, Drinking
- PAs, and Block Leaders
ALTs will be separated into women's and men's discussion panels where your PAs and BLs will talk to you about mental and physical health, how to deal with culture shock, how to stay safe during different seasons, and how to deal with drinking culture.
- Men's Presentation
- Woman's Presentation
This presentation did not include a power point.
Getting Into Your Students' Shoes
- Catherine Johnson and Jacqueline Jean-Francois
It may be hard to understand how your students will feel during your classes, so this lecture will put you in their perspective for a full language lesson. This class will be conducted completely in Japanese.
This presentation did not include a power point.
Life as an ALT
- Domonique Owens and Kaixin Chin
This presentation will go over some fundamental knowledge about working as an ALT. Topics will range from responsibilities, working with JTEs, speeches, and more. This presentation is also a great chance to ask your veteran ALTs about their work and experiences.
- Group 1: SHS Pimms Hubbell, JHS Marissa Lightfoot, ES Domonique Owens
- Group 2: SHS Matthew Trojic, JHS Kaixin Chin, ES Kathryn Ross
Some ALTs will eventually have to design their own lessons, and some may have never planned for one before! Our veteran ALTs are going to walk you through their own lesson planning methods, as well as tips and tricks for putting together your own plans. All lectures will have information for the elementary, junior high, and high school.
Table Talks took place during lunch, allowing JETs to get access to a wide variety of information, including information not directly related to work.
|Charity Akita||Chris Dean|
|English Camp||Danie Manos|
|Japanese Study||Catherine Johnson|
|Speech Contest||Marissa Lightfoot|
|Public Transportation||Kaixin Chin|
|Ask Sempai||Domonique Owens|
|Dealing With Discrimination||Jacqueline Jean Francois|
|Home Life||Kathryn Ross|