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I asked my city hall but since you're at high school I would ask your supervisor first, they might have all of your forms from your JET application at your school even.

I wouldn't worry so much about it, I think I started the whole process in July and I still made it in time.  ^-^

I didn't have my official transcript either, but my BOE had the files from when they hired me and my transcript was in there. Like Conor said, my supervisor just put an official-looking stamp on it with the seal from the head of the BOE and the people at the driving office accepted it and didn't even look at it closely even. lol..

Events Archive / Re: YETI Undoukai 2013!! Let's play!
« on: May 29, 2013, 03:56:22 PM »
Hey guys, actually I won't be able to make it either. Gomen ne. Have fun!  ^-^

General Stuff / Re: 2013 people - Welcome to Yamanashi
« on: May 22, 2013, 04:58:27 PM »
Katrina! Yay!! Since you're in Doshi you're Ben's successor, I think his name is oddba11 or something like that on this forum. Or you can look up Ben Tite on facebook.

Also I LOVE Perfume and capsule and have seen both of them live, please allow me to accompany you to more concerts  ^-^ And I want to be a professional translator too... looks like we have a lot to talk about.  :-D You can add me on facebook too, my name is Brittany Shropshire!

Can't wait to talk to you more!

Elementary School / Re: Verb flashcards
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:33:00 PM »
Might as well write it in this topic--

Does anyone have the pictures for Days of the Week from the Yasu's Illustrations website? Everything else loads on the site besides those, I wanted to make some karuta cards from them!!  :cry: Hoping that one of you has them saved on your computer or something.

YETI Announcements / Re: New 2013-2014 Yeti Council!
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:27:34 AM »
Hey. Why did you not suggest this earlier.  :x

mike, yeah I teach 1st & 2nd graders 10 times a year, 3rd & 4th graders 12 times a year, and 5th/6th the normal 35. That's why work is always so busy :(

I think if there's some way to come up with fun games that also incorporate phonics that it could be really helpful for the kids, especially the ones that don't go to English juku. I'd love ideas to help me get started with it though  :-D

Since you're only really getting input from SHS ALTs I'll give you my viewpoint from an ES ALT. I tried replying before but I didn't think my input was very good since I'm not really in the situation you're in, but I can add what I do at my school.

So although I'm supposed to be an ALT I would say about 99% of my classes have me as the lead teacher, and the homeroom teacher as the ALT--they basically help with students that are having trouble, or give examples, or explain things that I'm having trouble with. But like another person said, they mostly just participate in the games with the students and that kind of stuff, and leave the teaching part to me during our classes.

I do have some exceptions. A couple of my higher-level (5th and 6th grade) teachers are really adamant that we stick to the government's plans for those classes. They mostly let me do what I want, but like you, when the kids get to higher levels I do try to start incorporating some writing practice and explaining more grammar points, though I haven't gotten to the level that I want with phonics yet. Like you I want to start preparing them for the kind of lessons they'll be having in junior high school. The only problem is, it's a really fine balance because the goal of having English language classes in elementary school is primarily to get the kids to enjoy learning English, so we have to make sure to make it fun and if we start studying grammar and stuff it gets boring quickly. Anyway, those two teachers that I just mentioned have gotten annoyed at me for having the kids write even just basic alphabet, and for not following exactly my city plan, even though they can't really complain much because they can physically see the kids' enthusiasm for class and how much their English level has risen over the past couple of years.

It seems like both of you have really good ideas for the classes and if you combine them, like Chandre said, it could make some really awesome classes. I tend to focus more on the fun and game side of things and not to put too much pressure on them to be perfect--after all this class isn't even graded--but it can definitely help a LOT if they have some foundation and understanding of at least basic writing and spelling by the time they get into junior high school.

So if you can maybe talk to your teacher about it and say you want to do your activities for the first 10 minutes for warmup, or something? I think both having fun and actually learning are both important. The tough part is finding the balance between the two.

Also I would love to see your phonics lessons :D :D

YETI Announcements / Re: Yeti Spaghetti, April 5th, 2013
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:46:35 AM »
What level of Japanese do each of the candidates have? I feel like it's important to have at least one good speaker per council...

I am a little worried about this as well...

I thought the only real request was Nalette & Alli (so she would have someone she knows)? I know Amanda said something about being on Chandre's team but I thought she was just joking around.

I'm attending!

I also have a friend coming who wants to join in on the fun. Is it okay if you keep us on the same team?

Sure! What's your friend's name?

Hey everyone! There are only 5 days left to RSVP!!! What are you waiting for?!?!?  :cry:

Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: Fishing in Yamanashi
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:15:40 PM »
Here's the Japanese website?

I don't know anything about it myself though.

Hey YETIzens! It's once again that time of the year where the flowers are blooming, the mountains are once again becoming green (instead of this shitty brown color at the moment), and the foreigners of Yamanashi congregate in Otsuki for a night of friendly competition. Or not so friendly, after a few drinks.

YETI Spring Pub Quiz '13!!!

Where: As always, Tsuki Cafe in Otsuki, right outside of Otsuki Station!
When: Saturday March 16, 6pm-10pm (quiz starts at 6:30, but please try to arrive early!)
Cost: 1000yen non-YETI members, 500yen YETI members

Pretty sure you guys know the drill, but for those who don't: it's one of my favorite YETI events, a drunken night of trivia and fun! We'll have a number of teams and compete to answer various questions from a multiplicity of categories and win (cough) amazing prizes! Competition gets heated, so be prepared. Hehe.

It's also worth mentioning that the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is held in Tokyo on the day after Pub Quiz, so many people like to head into Tokyo after the competition is over.  :-D

The lovely hosts of this year's spring quiz are Coleman and Marc!

In order to make teams, get appropriate prizes, and let the owner know how many guests to expect,
Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13.
Late RSVPs will not be guaranteed a place on a team.  :wink:

RSVP List!
Amanda M
Amanda R
Kelly F.
Kelly W.
Matt Castle
Matt Mikuni
Nalette's friend, Alli (same team please!)
Nick Modarelli
Sara W

Events Archive / Re: Iron Yeti Chef, Feb 16, 2013
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:51:49 PM »
YETI Iron Chef was AWESOME!!! Thanks to all who participated and thanks to the judges for doing a great job. I'm just happy I got to eat awesome food.


1st place, Hokuto Team+Tristan! Dishes: California Avocado and Chicken Casserole, Avocado Ice Cream (!!)
2nd place, Council Team! Dishes: Udon with Avocado Dressing & Salmon Nigiri Sushi with Avocado, Avocado Lime Meringue Pie
3rd place, Team Fuefuki+Kaela! Dishes: Tostada (made of awesomeness), Banana/Avocado Mousse

All the points were super close though. I had a great time, I can't believe what amazing cooks live in Yamanashi. All of these dishes were super creative. I hope next year's council decides to put on this event as well! :D And more people will want to participate!!!

Events Archive / Re: Iron Yeti Chef, Feb 16, 2013
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:57:06 AM »
Not really fair still because we've known the secret ingredient longer than they have.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2013 Sapporo Snow Festival
« on: February 07, 2013, 01:01:46 PM »
Hahahahahah terra, karma.

YETI Announcements / Re: 2012 YETI Burn Awards
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:16:17 AM »
Today is the last day!! SEND ME YOUR VOTES!!!  :evil:

YETI Announcements / Re: Japanese discussion group?
« on: December 06, 2012, 03:46:04 PM »
Thanks for your interest and input guys. The only thing about organizing something like this is it's really hard to match everyone's schedule... and then we have to find a place that works for everyone to meet, too. If we're getting the whole ken involved, it'll be really hard for people who live farther to make it out. Gives me some stuff to think about, haha.  :lol:

Please let me know what kind of lessons or practice you'd be interested in as well! Just trying to get an idea of what people are looking for.  :-D

YETI Announcements / Japanese discussion group?
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:01:04 AM »
Hi guys!

So the council has been discussing starting a Japanese conversation/tutoring group on the weekends. I was inspired when I went down to Okayama and my friend volunteered for the same kind of group. It's basically a bunch of Japanese people getting together and helping foreigners by just speaking Japanese with them or tutoring them with whatever they needed. I thought this kind of thing would be great to bring to Yamanashi.

Of course, not everyone needs/wants to go to this kind of gathering, but I thought it'd be really helpful for those who have been looking for a way to practice their Japanese but haven't had the opportunity.

Nothing has been decided yet, and we're just looking to gauge interest at the moment, so my questions for you are:
-Would you be interested in attending such a gathering?
-What kind of tutoring are you looking for? Just casual conversation? JLPT practice?
-Any other suggestions or comments?

If possible we'd like to get this started in maybe January or February, so please let us know what you think  ^-^

YETI Announcements / Re: 2012 YETI Burn Awards
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:53:24 PM »
Vote people. Do you really want me to decide who will win an award just because only 3 people voted and they all voted for a different person? Who knows, I might just pick you for something embarrassing and make up an awful story about it.

VOTE.  :-D

YETI Announcements / Re: 2012 YETI Burn Awards
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:41:12 PM »
Question- for the Know-it-all one, are we saying "Best" know-it-all, meaning the biggest know-it-all and thus the most annoying about it? Or to be the "Best" know-it-all are you talking a know-it-all who is Best because they're not pedantic and pretentious (where's the fun in that?)? An important distinction, I feel...

Pretty sure it's the biggest know-it-all, but I think Sarah should answer this question because she came up with this category.

YETI Announcements / 2012 YETI Burn Awards
« on: December 03, 2012, 04:07:43 PM »
It's that time. The RSVPs for Winter Party are in and now it's time to get voting for the....


I'm looking forward to passing on my two awards from last year.  :mrgreen:

-Best Dressed
-Best "Would/Should Be" Couple
-Best Know-It-All
-Biggest Flirt
-Most Likely to be a Japan Lifer
-Most Likely to Pass Out On the Street
-Most Likely to Throttle a Coworker
-Least Likely to Survive Japan Another Year

and.... Please send us your own original ideas and who you think would win that category! Some examples from last year, lovingly created by pun master Conor Cronin, include "Lifetime Burn Award" which went to Nick Burns, and... some other stuff I don't remember. Please feel free to remind me Conor. But, the council will pick the two we think are the best out of the submissions and award those winners too!


-Please send your votes to me (Brittany) by PM, either here on the forum (buriko) or on facebook!
-Please only vote for those who will be attending the Winter Party. You have a lot of choices this year. The RSVP list can be found here:

Events Archive / Re: YETI Winter Party 2012~! *O*
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:04:40 PM »
Holy crap I can't believe 50 people have rsvped.

Tomorrow's the last day guys, be sure to let us know!!

Learning Japanese / Re: JLPT DECEMBER 2 SUNDAY
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:19:46 PM »
On that road that goes past the university (140?) there's some parking lots across from the campus... I remember Mikuni parked there last year. I'm not sure if you're supposed to or not, but nothing happened.

If not you can just park at higashiyamanashi station and take the train to sakaori, even though you're not supposed to park at higashiyamanashi station haha but nobody checks on the weekends.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Poker Night in Atago
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:16:10 PM »
Me!  :-D I can only do Thursday night, though.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Bakery Booth Volunteers?
« on: November 26, 2012, 01:15:10 PM »
I wonder how that reason for not having the bakery booth is an "unforeseen circumstance"....  :|

YETI Announcements / Re: Yeti Spaghetti November 21st, 2012
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:08:22 PM »
Kelly is sneaky.

I think this one is Wade!!

Events Archive / Re: YETI Winter Party 2012~! *O*
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:45:39 AM »
It's never too late to edit your post-- unless you just don't WANT to... :x


Events Archive / Re: YETI Winter Party 2012~! *O*
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:26:14 AM »
God dammit, I totally thought about it while writing the post too. Oh well, too late now.....

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