February 15, 2018

JET teacher Teresa's 2018 Monthly Blog Post!

Hi, everyone. I’m greeting you right now as one of the new Private JETs Prefectural Advisor in Tokyo!

It’s an exciting new chapter for me as I’ve actually wanted to become a Prefectural Advisor for a while. Since I came to Japan, I have been very active in trying to find ways to help other JETs, for example with cheaper phone contracts. Helping make even this one aspect better allows JETs to save a little more for paying back university loans or other utilities. Additionally, I advise new and current JETs who find that they are unhappy with their current homes and use my experience to help them move to better places.

Now that I have been officially named the PA, I have more responsibilities. Besides helping JETs one-on-one with their relocation needs, I am also in charge of organizing JET conferences, workshops, and other such things. According to the previous PA, the arrival of new JETS will be the busiest times, but I expect this because I have volunteered to help in each orientation since I arrived. I hope to use my knowledge from my previous work to the coming one.

It has only been two months since I stepped into this position, but I will try to make as big of a difference as possible.

P.S. Here’s a picture of me in Hokkaido last week. I’m signing how big of a difference I want!

February 15, 2018

JET Teacher Laurence's monthly Post!

Hello everyone,

JET Teacher Laurence here.

It is no secret that speaking is becoming a bigger part of English education in Japan. Here at Seiritsu Gakuen, we think it is important for students to learn how to speak in front of a group. As such, we have speech presentations classes often.

For Japanese students, it can be very scary to give a speech in front of the class, especially in English.

Today I want to write about the tips we give students to make things easier. Please feel free to use them!

Learning the speech

1. After you finish writing your speech…write it again! Copying your speech several times will help you remember it.

2. Record your speech using a mobile device. Then, listen to your voice. You can use this method to practice saying difficult words and memorize your speech.

3. Practice with a friend or a family member. With them, you can get used to speaking in front of someone . They can also give you hints if you forget some words.

4. Practice often. Trying to learn your speech the day before the class can be very difficult. If you practice for a few minutes every day, it becomes much easier!

Presenting the speech

1. Don’t touch your clothes or your hair. You look great!

2. Don’t 'dance' (moving often from left to right)

3. Try to look at one point at the back of the room (like the air con or lockers) or move your eyes around the class.

4. Make sure you don’t speak too quietly. People sitting at the back need to hear you too!

5. Breathe. Breathe well before your speech and use the punctuation marks (periods, commas) to take a breath during your speech.

6. No “むり”, no “できない”. Give it your best shot! You can do it!

When it comes to making a speech, practice is the most important! The more you practice, the better you will be!


February 1, 2018

Good luck today!

Well, it is a beautiful day today! The sun is shining and the air is fresh.

Our junior high students made a message board for the test takers.


They have other signs in other areas, too. They are also helping out today in a number of ways. We all want the candidates to feel welcome. We want them to become part of the Seiritsu family.

If you have kids who are getting close to that age, please come on out later this year to our open houses. Come check out Seiritsu. We would love to see you!

Good luck to all the kids taking tests! We can't wait for you to join us!



about Seiritsu

Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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