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Titles and Roles

ACT - Assistant Chinese Teacher
AET - Assistant English Teacher
AFT - Assistant French Teacher
AGT - Assistant German Teacher
AJET - Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching
AKT - Assistant Korean Teacher
ALT - Assistant Language Teacher
BETS - British English Teacher Scheme (British forerunner to JET Programme)
BOE - Board of Education
CIR - Coordinator for International Relations
CLAIR - Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning
CO - Contracting Organization
EALT - take a guess (aka SALT - "S" for shogakkou)
EFL - English as a Foreign Language
ERC - English Research Consultant
ES - Elementary School
ESID - Every Situation is Different
ESL - English as a Second Language
ESS - English Speaking Society (English Extracurricular Club)
ETC - English Teachers’ Consultant
GIH - General Information Handbook
HS - High School
JET - Japan Exchange and Teaching
JETAA - JET Alumni Association
JHS - Junior High School
JTL (JTE) - Japanese Teacher of Language (English)
MEF - Monbusho English Fellow (American forerunner to the JET Programme)
PA - Prefectural Advisor
PC - Programme Coordinator
PC - Programme Coordinator (former JET, CLAIR employee)
RA - Regional Advisor (Like a PA, but only for a chunk of a prefecture instead of the whole thing)
RMTH - Resource Materials and Teaching Handbook
SEA - Sports Exchange Advisor
SHS - Senior High School
TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language
TO - Tokyo Orientation
TOA - Tokyo Orientation Assistant
TOEFL - Test of English as Foreign Language
TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication
TPR -Total Physical Response
T-T - Team-teaching

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Institutions

gaimusho - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
soumusho - Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Communications (MIC)
monbukagakusho - Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
kencho - Prefectural Government Office
kyoiku-iinkai - Board of Education
shiyakusho - City Hall
yakuba - Town Hall

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School-related

byokyu - sick leave (paid)
chugakko - junior high school
daigaku - university
daikyu - compensatory holiday
eigo - English (eikaiwa - English conversation)
ichi-nensei - first year
kocho sensei - headmaster / principal
koko - senior high school
kyoto sensei - deputy head / vice-principal
kyushoku - school lunch
nenkyu - annual paid holiday
nihongo - Japanese language
ni-nensei - second year
san-nensei - third year
seito - students
sensei - teacher; form of address for teachers
shogakko - primary / elementary school
yasumi - holiday, rest, break, sick leave
yochien - kindergarten
zangyo – overtime

Work and Society

bonenkai - end of year party
enkai - party
gaman - patience, tolerance, perseverance
giri - obligation
honne - real intention, true feelings
kangeikai - welcome party
nijikai - second party following the enkai
omiyage - souvenir gifts
shinnenkai - New Year party
sobetsukai - farewell party
tatemae - saying and doing what is expected
Commonly used words
bento - packed (boxed) lunch
dame - no good, not acceptable
dozo - help yourself, go ahead
gai(koku)jin - foreigner
genki - lively, well
hiragana - Japanese syllabary
inaka - rural areas
kokusaika - internationalisation
kanji - Chinese characters
katakana - Japanese syllabary used for foreign words
katakana eigo - Japanised pronunciation of English
meishi - business cards
romaji - Romanisation of Japanese

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