Professional Development and the JET Program: Insights and Solutions Based on the Sendai City Program

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Anthony Crooks, Sendai Board of Education

This paper examines the role professional development can play for Japanese
Teachers of English (JTEs) and native speaker Assistant English Teachers (AETs)
working together in the Japan Exchange and Teaching om Program. Aiming
for a communicatively-based team-taught approach, the program has been in
existence in Japanese high schools since 1987. Japanese government
documents, academic reports, and participants' reflections have been
examined to reveal some of the program's shortfalls. A detailed description of
Sendai City's training and in-service system is offered as a way to maximize the
success of the JET Program through consistent professional support for ]TEs
and AETs.