On a shiny, bright day – at least, that is what we recall, even though it should have been a dark, rainy evening – JETAA Q/A members and friends set foot on the stage of the Argo Bookshop lounge to perform a discussion of Yukio Mishima’s debut novel, “Confessions of a Mask”.
The JETs have returned! And the party was unleashed!
Did this really happen?
On August 12, several JETAA Q/A members and former MEXT scholars helped run the JET Programme Alumni Association Booth to talk about working and studying in Japan, with a photo exhibit and a prize draw for attendees!
With the rising sun on the morning of July 29, members of the 2017 JETAA Q/A executive committee were at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport to assist the JET Desk and send off the new JETs.
On July 28, 2017, Quebec and Atlantic JET Programme participants attended Pre-Departure Orientation in Montreal to get ready for departure on the following day, with final workshops and presentations from JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk. Afterwards, new JETs, alumni and members of the Montreal Japanese community were invited to a farewell cocktail at the official residence of Consul-General of Japan, Hideaki Kuramitsu.
On July 8 and 9, JETAA Q/A and the JET Desk gave workshops on various topics, including classroom management, team-teaching dynamics, lesson planning, and cultural representation. The driving objective of the weekend was to help participants prepare their self-introduction lessons.
On June 23, 24 and 25, a three-day Weekend Orientation was held in Halifax for Atlantic JET Programme shortlisted and alternate candidates. Several JETAA Q/A members attended to give advice and share their experiences. In addition to several presentations, participants enjoyed a workshop on Japanese matcha and, during one memorable evening, unwinded at a local karaoke bar.
After their last Japanese class, several JETAA Q/A members and 2017 JET beginner level class attendees went to Kabocha, a Montreal izakaya, to celebrate. Otsukaresama deshita!
Japanese classes for JETAA Q/A members, 2017 JET Programme participants and JET hopefuls were held in May and June at McGill Thomson House, with Japanese language instructors Patrick Chaury and Hidetaka Yoneyama.