ALT - Prefectural Advisor Sabrina V. (2017~present)
I'm a 3rd year PA and ALT from California. I enjoy traveling and eating while meeting new peeps and exchanging knowledge, cultures, and languages.
Prefectural Advisor Work
I'm usually at the BOE once a week, though my weekly schedule is inconsistent. I work closely alongside with Mr. Toyoda and the other ALT PA (Brandon) to improve the English education in Oita as well as assist ALTs who have any questions/issues their with daily life.
As my weekly schedule is not consistent, I am usually all over Oita city and neighboring cities. My base "school" is the BOE though I do team teaching at Oita Nishi HS. I also team teach at two amazing special need schools.
ALT - Prefectural advisor Brandon A. (2015~present)
I am a 3rd year ALT, as well as a first year PA, from Los Angeles, California. I am happy to be working as a member of the JET community here in Oita. I studied Japanese while doing my undergrad work at California State University, Long Beach. Upon graduation, I began teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2014, I applied to the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher. I was fortunate to be hired, and I am happy to now be working here in Oita Prefecture. My hobbies include basketball, soccer, and music. I look forward to working with all of you.
Aside from working at these high schools, I also work once a week at the Board of Education Office here in Oita City. Here I assist Ms. Sasaki in arranging different conferences, supporting other ALTs, and performing other roles pertaining to English learning and curriculum. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about issues at work, or about general life here in Japan. We all come from different places, but we all have similar goals which we strive to accomplish. I believe that if we all work together we can accomplish any goal, and overcome any problem. Thank you all for everything thus far, and I want to say again how happy I am to be working with all of you!!!!
I work at Oita Oginodai High School, Midorigaoka High School, and also visit Yufuin Special Needs School occasionally. There are other schools that I may also visit as well. I work with several different and unique teachers, as well as a diverse group of students. I always relish the opportunity to work with so many wonderful students and learn about their various goals and dreams.
CIR - Prefectural advisor XIn lan X. (2018~Present)
I lived in the breezy and quiet city of Perth on the coasts of Western Australia prior to coming to Oita. While in university, I majored in Japanese language and Linguistics. Window shopping and reading are some of my favourite ways to kill time.
Prefectural Advisor Work
The general role of PAs is to provide support for fellow JET participants across the prefecture. While we cannot give counselling advice, we can help you look for appropriate means of mediation under different circumstances. Moreover, we are always happy to help with any problems posed by language barriers. Feel free to contact us via our professional emails or phone numbers, and we will get back to you ASAP as soon as we’re back in the office.
My duty as a CIR focuses heavily on cultural promotions, be it promoting Oita to the rest of the world, or telling Oita locals more about Australian culture. Lately, I’ve performed some Japanese-English translation published by my work division, and performed English-Japanese for an interview conducted at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Other regular work includes holding free English talk sessions at the OITA International Plaza. The types of duties vary greatly, and I am always up for a challenge.