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07:54 pm: Autumn makes an appearance
It seems the seasons have changed right on schedule this time. The weather has turned cooler, to the point that I had to haul out a blanket last night. (Or, rather, this morning when I woke up shivering at 3:45am.)

I haven't had anything to do over the past two days, as the students have all been practicing for the festival. I am, however, newly purple-haired in preparation for tomorrow.

I still haven't been able to get the calligraphy program to work. It does, however, work just fine on the laptop of the teacher next to me. She has the same OS as I do, just Japanese, so as far as I can tell it must be some kind of region/language setting conflict. All my other Japanese software works great, though, so I really don't know why this one would be different. I'll have to see how well I can explain this all in Japanese to their tech support...

I have also been poring over my new fonts, trying to decide which ones to install. Counting the English fonts, there are literally thousands of possibilities. I narrowed it down to, oh, over a hundred. I think I need to work on this for a while.

Next week, the second-year students will be leaving for their class trip. Ordinarily, this would mean that I have fewer lessons. However, one of the other teachers is taking advantage of the empty slots in my schedule to have me come in and give her third-year students some conversation practice. So I'm losing five classes but gaining four.

I've been informed that someone will question/interview me on behalf of Ritsumeikan, but I wasn't told when, or whether I should have a resume or anything ready. The head of the English department keeps giving me informational handouts (in Japanese) about TESOL...I don't quite understand why. I'm not certified in the area, and it's not as if I will be by next spring. Either they like the endorsements I already have, or they don't.

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From:megory
Date:September 27th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
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I've been informed that someone will question/interview me on behalf of Ritsumeikan, but I wasn't told when, or whether I should have a resume or anything ready.

You know, it still sounds promising. They could just be going through the motions, but if they already had someone in mind it wouldn't be so necessary. It's worth having a resume and portfolio ready.

I don't quite understand why. I'm not certified in the area, and it's not as if I will be by next spring. Either they like the endorsements I already have, or they don't.

Their rules may be different from ours, but here sometimes temporary provisions are made for teachers who are working toward certification. Our current ESL teacher is certified in both English and Spanish, but was willing to take classes toward ESL certification and got the job. He seems to like his job, and the people here love what he's doing, so it's a win-win all they way around.

I'll have to see how well I can explain this all in Japanese to their tech support...

I hope they will be able to help you. The program sounds great.

So I'm losing five classes but gaining four.
Definitely to their (the students') advantage, in my humble opinion.
I hope you enjoy it.


I think I need to work on this for a while.

So many beautiful, interesting things in this world; so little time!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 27th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
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They could just be going through the motions, but if they already had someone in mind it wouldn't be so necessary.

Maybe they think they'll need more than one native speaker to handle all the students?

Of course, Japanese people are all about going through the motions sometimes, so it's hard to say.

Their rules may be different from ours, but here sometimes temporary provisions are made for teachers who are working toward certification.

...Except I'm not. I don't have any particular desire to be certified in EFL. I suppose I'd consider it, if it were absolutely the only way they'd take me on, but I wouldn't be too happy about it.

What I want to know is...since this is all Ritsumeikan's private hiring decision, what happens to the sister city teacher program? Is it just being tossed out the window? Is there any effort being made to continue it?
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From:megory
Date:September 27th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)

Good question!

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What I want to know is...since this is all Ritsumeikan's private hiring decision, what happens to the sister city teacher program? Is it just being tossed out the window? Is there any effort being made to continue it?


I wonder who's pursuing the answer to that question. We lost our Japanese exchange teacher. Should I ask Nina?
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From:firesign10
Date:September 27th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
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I love when the first cool weather arrives! It just happened here in New England this past weekend, and it was delicious.

Sounds like there's a shot at Ritsumeikan, maybe? They must have some interest or they wouldn't be scheduing an interview. Is it a job you would take, should it in fact be offered?

And....will there be purple hair pics?? ;-)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 27th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Is it a job you would take, should it in fact be offered?

If they want me, I'd definitely stay for at least one contract term.

And....will there be purple hair pics??

My hair is so dark that it's almost impossible to see the color unless light is shining directly on it...but I'll see what I can do.
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From:firesign10
Date:September 27th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I know what you mean - I wanted red highlights once and they would have had to bleach my hair first to be able to apply any visible color LOL!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 27th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
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I gather being certified for TESOL is something that couldn't happen in the space of a few months? If it would mean you could stay in Japan...

megory's point about people teaching while working towards certification is a really good one, too. High school Latin teachers do that all the time, because there is a constant need for Latin teachers, and the people who know Latin well enough to teach it often don't have their state teacher's certification yet.

Unless, of course, they're just messing with your head. ;_;

Good luck with all that!! Unless you're just ready to come back to the States and teach the subject you're actually certified in.

Oh, spelling psst, because I know you're as anal detail oriented as I am... it's "poring over," as in "studying intently." I see that one all the time. Why does English spelling make no sense?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 27th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I gather being certified for TESOL is something that couldn't happen in the space of a few months?

Not that I'm aware. It took me an entire school year of full-time study to get my Japanese endorsement, and even then they almost didn't want to give it to me because I didn't take any language teaching methods classes. (They reluctantly accepted one of my linguistics classes as a substitute.) I imagine a TESOL endorsement would take a similar amount of coursework.

Good luck with all that!! Unless you're just ready to come back to the States and teach the subject you're actually certified in.

<g> I don't necessarily want to stay here forever, but I also don't want to have to leave earlier than planned.

it's "poring over," as in "studying intently."

Thanks for the tip!
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