Japan starts accepting Filipino language teachers

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MANILA— The Japanese government is now accepting applications for assistant language teacher positions under its 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

Filipinos accepted in the program will work in public or private schools, or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. Their primary task will be to assist in classes led by Japanese teachers of English.

The JET program was introduced in 1987 to help deepen the mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other countries through a foreign language exchange and cultural immersion at the local level.

In 2019, at least 5,761 participants from 57 countries, including the Philippines, were accepted. And from two Filipino assistant language teachers sent to Japan in 2014, the number has already grown to 52 in 2019 alone.

Those eligible to apply must be a Filipino citizen, physically and mentally fit to work abroad, and possesses excellent English ability both orally and in writing. They must also hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher or should be able to obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date.

The application materials required for the program are due on November 29, 2019 and must be submitted in person or via courier to the Japan Information and Culture Center Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

In its announcement, the embassy urged interested Filipinos to visit the www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000147 or www.jetprogramme.org for more information. -PNA

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