AJET - The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching
AJET is an independent, self-supporting volunteer organisation comprised of current JET Programme participants. National AJET often works as the voice of the JET community, and holds meetings twice a year with the organizations that sponsor JET. They are also very visible at the various conferences that CLAIR holds throughout the year. Hyogo AJET is a chapter of National AJET, and organizes different events for Hyogo JETs. For more information, visit the National AJET Website and the Hyogo AJET Website.
ALT - Assistant Language Teacher
There are three job positions on JET, and the majority of JETs are ALTs. ALTs are usually placed in schools or BOEs and teach English with JTEs.
BOE - Board of Education
Most ALTs are employed by a BOE, and most of the high school ALTs in Hyogo work for the Hyogo Prefectural BOE, whereas most junior high school ALTs in Hyogo work for municipal BOEs. The Hyogo Prefectural BOE also organizes local training seminars for all Hyogo ALTs. For their contact information, see Contact Info - BOE.
CIR - Coordinator for International Relations
CIR is one of the three positions on JET. The job description of a CIR varies drastically between contracting organizations. There are 7 CIRs in Hyogo, three from English speaking countries, and one each from France, Brazil, Korea, and China. In Hyogo, the three English speaking CIRs are also the PAs.
CLAIR - Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
CLAIR is the organization that manages the JET Programme. They organize the major JET conferences, publish the Contracting Organisation Manual and General Information Handbook, and coordinate everything with all of the contracting organizations and the three Ministries (MIC, MOFA, and MEXT). For more info, visit The JET Programme.
CO - Contracting Organization
The people who hired you. For ALTs at high schools, your CO is most likely the Hyogo Board Of Education. Most other ALTs are hired by municipal BOEs, and the CIRs in Hyogo are employed by the Hyogo Prefectural Office. Your CO is not necessarily your place of work (ie, the school where you spend all of your time).
ESID - Every Situation Is Different
This expression is used so much, I had to write an article about it at Every Situation Is Different.
JET - The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
JET does not stand for Japan English Teaching. Though most JETs teach English, not all JETs are all ALTs, and some ALTs teach other languages (Chinese, French, etc.). There are three positions on JET: ALT, CIR, and SEA. JET Participants are also called JETs.
JETAA - JET Programme Alumni Association
After leaving JET, many people join JETAA, an independent alumni association, so that they can keep up with the JET community.
JHS - Junior High School
Junior high school, or lower secondary school, spans three years in Japan. 1st-3rd grade in JHS in Japan is the equivalent of 7th-9th grade in America. Most JHS ALTs in Hyogo work for municipal Boards of Education.
JTE - Japanese Teacher of English
JTL - Japanese Teacher of Language
ALTs are not required to teach by themselves, and are instead supposed to assist the JTEs (or JTLs) at their schools. JTEs also attend some seminars with ALTs so that they can work on effective team teaching techniques.
MEXT - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology
MEXT is one of the three Ministries that work with CLAIR to run the JET Programme. For more info, visit The JET Programme.
MIC - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
MIC is one of the three Ministries that work with CLAIR to run the JET Programme. For more info, visit The JET Programme.
MOFA - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MOFA is one of the three Ministries that work with CLAIR to run the JET Programme. For more info, visit The JET Programme.
PA - Prefectural Advisor
Every host prefecture/designated city has at least one Prefectural Advisor who is available to answer questions and provide support for JET participants. To read more about the PAs in Hyogo, see Meet The PAs.
SEA - Sports Exchange Advisor
The scarcest of all JETs, SEAs usually specialize in a sport which they coach or teach while they are in Japan. As of writing, there are no SEAs in Hyogo.
SGL - Self-Support Group Leader
The SGL system was established to provide support for JETs whose first language is not English. There are SGLs that speak Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. For more info, visit The JET Programme.
SHS - Senior High School
Senior High School, or upper secondary school, spans three years in Japan. 1st-3rd grade in SHS in Japan is the equivalent of 10th-12th grade in America. Most SHS ALTs in Hyogo work for the Prefectural Board of Education.
TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language
Two acronyms that get thrown around that mean pretty much the same thing in Japan.
TOA - Tokyo Orientation Assistant
The volunteers at Tokyo Orientation who make the welcome orientation everything that it is. For more information, see Conferences
Though not an acronym, Yashiro is the unofficial name of the Prefectural Orientation held for all 1st year ALTs in August. For more information, see Yashiro Orientation
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