ALT - Prefectural Advisor Sabrina V. (2017~present)
I'm a 2nd 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 2nd 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. Hisae 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 Sarah B. (2017~Present)
I am a second year JET from England and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2017 with a degree in Japanese and Linguistics. My course also allowed me to spend one year as an exchange student at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Having moved around a lot in my childhood, I have experienced first-hand the excitement and difficulties that come with leaving everything you know and love, and throwing yourself into a brand new environment. Amongst these experiences are the few years that I spent living in Japan as a child, during which I encountered numerous hurdles as a foreigner in Japan, many of which I am sure people face when starting their journey on JET. Being a PA gives me the chance to hopefully make this transition easier for any JETs who are struggling to adjust to this new way of life.
My work as a CIR is a little different from that of the other CIRs in Oita, as I work at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Promotion Office at the Prefectural Office. As Oita prepares to host in 2019, the majority of my work includes any English communication and translation in administration and events regarding Rugby World Cup promotion both within Japan and abroad, welcoming and interpreting for overseas guests, and giving monthly English tutoring to co-workers and the general public.
Prefectural Advisor Work
Another part of my CIR duties (as of this year) is to act as a point of contact for any JETs seeking advice or guidance about a particular issue they are having in Oita. As CIR-PA, the majority of my work includes translating information that may only be available in Japanese, and working with Mr. Fujiwara (Japanese PA) on matters between JETs and their Contracting Organisations.
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.
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