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08:05 pm: School's out!
Today was my last day at school until the two-day summer workshop. The students had a big assembly, during which those who had made achievements in sports or various qualification tests were congratulated and given certificates. There were also speeches from the exchange students, both those returning from the States and those who will be going starting in the fall.

This was followed by a half-hour lecture, complete with handout, about Why Makeup Is Bad and The Evils of Earrings.

On my desk was a copy of a rough draft of a report concerning the things in the English department that will be retained by Ritsumeikan when they take over the school. The first item on the list was "ALTの確保" (securing the ALT). That sounds to me as if Ritsumeikan wants to keep my position intact. I haven't been offered an extention on my contract yet...and there's no guarantee that they'll want to keep me in the position...but it's promising.

I also got the list of students who signed up for my solo class for second semester. At this point, there's a total of four students, one of whom is a repeater from first semester.

Then the vice-principal brought me another sack of vegetables from the superintendent. (Perhaps he felt guilty after the dinner last night...?)

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From:megory
Date:July 20th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)

ALT retained!

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It *sure is* promising! How cool! You had said once before that you would be interested in staying as long as they wanted you, so it sounds as if nothing has changed that.

Not only do we not know whom they want, we also don't know their conditions. But it seems as though ALT conditions are sort of standardized throughout the country, aren't they?

I also got the list of students who signed up for my solo class for second semester.

Solo class?
Remind me. Was this your favorite class?
Was this the conversation class?

Then the vice-principal brought me another sack of vegetables from the superintendent. (Perhaps he felt guilty after the dinner last night...?)

He is pretty thoughtful.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 20th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: ALT retained!

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You had said once before that you would be interested in staying as long as they wanted you, so it sounds as if nothing has changed that.

I would like to stay longer, if possible. I also think it would be great if you still had a chance to come teach here. I'm sure you would love it and would do a wonderful job.

[Oh, wait, I can't stop there, you have more questions...]

But it seems as though ALT conditions are sort of standardized throughout the country, aren't they?

The list just mentions "contractually obligated to have 20 classes and to be in charge of the English club."

Personally, I have no clue where this "20 classes" thing is coming from. I read through my contract, and I couldn't find it in there. It just says I have to have a 40-hour workweek. Maybe I'm missing something...?

Remind me. Was this your favorite class?
Was this the conversation class?


It's the "speech" class for seniors that meets once a week. It was newly devised this year in response to a mandate that students had to have extra time to study some aspect of their major. It's essentially a directed study hall.
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From:mangaroo
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
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That sounds to me as if Ritsumeikan wants to keep my position intact.

YAY! Much happy slightly premature celebrating. *happy dance*

Earrings can get caught on cellphone danglies, and you can RIP YOUR EAR OFF. It's true.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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you can RIP YOUR EAR OFF.

They were more concerned about metal allergies and infections. They went on and on about how piercings cause metal allergies, which can lead to serious complications, not to mention causing reactions to other types of jewelry. They also said that it's very easy for pierced ears to become infected, and that such an infection (if left untreated) is life-threatening because ears are so close to the brain.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 20th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I can't even imagine how bad an ear piercing infection would have to be in order to spread to your BRAIN. That is too funny. (Perhaps they wouldn't have so many problems if they would WASH THEIR HANDS.)

Crossing my fingers for your job!

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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:July 20th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
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Yay for promising signs of renewal!! *keeping fingers crossed*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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*keeping fingers crossed*

Me too!
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