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Who are we?! Yoshie and Sean ! Furano, Alaska! Saroma Town ! pumpkins and scallops ! 135 JHS students
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Why are you here?! You attend professional development seminars as a hangover remedy.! Your supervisor signed you up without consulting you first.! You’re just waiting for the signup sheet to come around.! You work with an ALT or JTL. You are unable to read their mind.
Our ALTs and JTLs! We deal with some complicated issues : ! Language teaching and learning. ! Cross-cultural, interpersonal relationships
“OK, it’s nice that you’re married,but, like, I have no plans to date my ALT/JTL.”! Marriage solves none of the problems normally encountered by ALTs and JTLs. (It amplifies them – you cannot escape…)! We both have a range of experience: ! Yoshie: 5 years and 5 different ALTs ! Sean: 5+ years and 10 different JTLs (many more at ES/HS)
The worst ALT in the world… Glee (2010) Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF9TyctTAeQ
Case #1:!Figuring People Out • Be professional. • No confrontations in the classroom. • Go around • (or above if you have to.) • It’s not about you.
Case #1:!Figuring People Out • People are products of their culture. • But they are also individuals.
Get to know your ALT/JTL as an individual, butremember that culture is always there, like a ghost… “We tend to perceive reality within the context of our own culture, a reality that we have ‘created’.” -H. Brown, in Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
The ALT Mind The JTL Mind" Witch’s pumpkin relay race! " Rolling food on the floor with brooms???" Mummy race! " Wasting toilet paper all at once???" Bobbing for apples! " Kissing and chewing same apples with all classmates?" Why is this school so hot? " Why is he wearing a T- shirt in October?
The thing about Yoshie Ialways appreciated was that she Case #2:wasnt afraid to call me on mys**t. Tell me what I was doing Lessonswrong and how I should fix it. • Let the ALT be who theyEspecially when I was getting are (even if you might breaktoo big for my britches, Yoshie some cultural rules)was there to bring me back • Give and Takedown. -Tim Johnson • Suspend your apprehensions. • Students can make their own informed judgements about culture
Case #3: Us• Sometimes we have misunderstandings.• “Talk like a human!”• Different expectations of roles.