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    I'm planning on applying to JET this year and basically want to make as strong an application as I possibly can. I wondered if anyone could give me some advice as to what else I could be doing (I luckily have all the spare time in the world in which to do it).

    In terms of teaching...
    • I volunteer as an (adult) ESOL assistant, currently been doing it for 3 months and it's ongoing.
    • 6 years experience one to one piano/flute/music theory tuition (all ages), not ongoing- I stopped in 2011 when I had to move area and lost my clients.
    • TEFL Cambridge Level 5 140 hour online. I got distinction in the online component but never booked in to sit the TKT test units.
    • CIEH Education and Training Level 3 (it replaced the old PTLLS)


    In terms of 'interest in international exchange' (or however they put it)
    • I use language exchange sites and have made a few good friends in Japan through it.
    • I have N2 of the JLPT and am taking N1 in December.
    • I have a deferred place on a Masters course to study Ethnomusicology and studied Japanese traditional/classical music for part of a module during undergrad.
    • I worked in France during one summer (although it was about 12 years ago).


    I'm half considering trying to get a short term ESOL assistant contract in a different country (I've seen loads in China, for example) because I think it would bring everything together nicely (and I can see if I'm cut out for the whole thing before I commit to a year). The only thing is it may be difficult to work around the application/interview dates and it will probably be more of a telling them "I'm going to do this" than "I've already done it".

    Apologies for the huge post! I'd be really grateful of any thoughts
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    I have a friend who's done this scheme. PM me and maybe I can put you in touch with her.
 
 
 
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