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Prefecture-wide conferences are usually held at the Akita Prefectural Education Center (秋田県総合教育センター) in Tenno, slightly north of Akita City. Block meetings are held at different locations depending on your block.

Tokyo Orientation

July, August, and September. The 3 day Tokyo conference for new JETs.

Akita Orientation

August. This conference for new JETs has information on Akita, lesson planning ideas, travel, etc.

Skills Development Conference

October. Up until 2011 this was known as the Mid-Year Conference due it it being held halfway into the Japanese fiscal year. In 2011 CLAIR revised their guidelines and goals, giving us the brand new Skills Development Conference, or SDC. This two-day conference includes many JTEs as well as the JETs. Presentations range from increasing communication between JTEs and JETs, lesson ideas, improving the quality of team teaching, etc.

Block Meetings

January. These one day conferences provide a forum for exchanging teaching ideas, tips to survive and thrive in winter, and also are a great way to reconnect with local JETs after the holidays. The PAs also use this opportunity to talk to the JET community about the recontracting decision (unless the deadline has passed).

Returners and Recontractors Conference

Often referred to as R&R, this one day conference is held in May or June. R&R is a conference with only JETs that focuses largely on helping those leaving the JET Program (Returners) and making new goals for those who are going to stay in Akita one more year (Recontractors).

Other Conferences/Seminars

There are also several other conferences and seminars that are run by either CLAIR or organizations that are not directly related to Akita Prefecture. Whether or not you can attend and how much these conferences will cost you depends on your contracting organization.

Translation/Interpretation Course Training Seminar. A week-long seminar aimed at developing interpreting and overall Japanese language skills. Widely thought to be the best language course that CLAIR offers. More info can be found here.

Linguistics/Pedagogy Course Training Seminar. A week-long seminar aimed at acquiring the fundamentals of how to teach Japanese as a foreign language. More info can be found here. (scroll down)

  • 2011-2012: January 16-20 at the Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM), Otsu City, Shiga.

After JET Conference (formerly known as the Conference for Returning JETs). (Not to be confused with Akita's Returners and Recontractors Conference held in May/June!) This is a 2 day conference for those completing their tenure on the JET Programme. It is held at the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hotel in Chiba. Handouts from the 2015 conference and information regarding the 2016 conference can be found here. The JET Programme Career Fair is also held concurrently at the After JET Conference.

  • 2015-2016: March 3-4 2016

Training Program on Teaching Methods for JETs. Run by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, this program is aimed towards people who want to become Japanese language teachers in the future. This program is not for studying Japanese.
Held in Urawa City, Saitama Prefecture. Information for the 2012 program can be found here.

  • 2011-2012: March 21-27

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