In this article, I will list items from the JET program that are listed as samples on the Internet. What content do applicants use to communicate their reasons for applying and the strength of their motivation? Let’s take a look!
Essay (Statement of Purpose) Requirements
In THE 2024 JAPAN EXCHANGE AND TEACHING (JET) PROGRAMME APPLICATION GUIDELINES, by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, requirements of the essay is described as follows,
- Typed, single-sided, double-spaced on A4 paper (210mm x 297mm) or letter sized paper (8.5in x 11in), 10.5 Arial font, 1-inch margin on each side, not exceeding two pages. This page limit must be strictly observed.
- For ALT applicants, an English essay is required. For CIR applicants, an English essay with its Japanese translation is required. The Japanese translation will not count towards the page limit and can be typed using any font with 10.5 size.
- Please place your name at the start or end of the essay.
Selected general items in the JET Program essay
From my review of more than 10 sample essays, the following were the most common essay items of applicants.
- Reasons for being interested in Japan
- Reasons for being interested in JET
- Experiences and impressions of staying in Japan
- Experiences and impressions of working abroad
- Experience in social contribution activities such as volunteer work
- Your background and how it connects to JET.
- Consideration of your upbringing
- The best part of your personality
- Leadership experience
- Appealing your Japanese language skills
- Showcase your ability to teach English
- How you see the importance of language
- Attitude of how you approaches things
- Your attitude toward teamwork
- Your views on education
- What you can expect from JET
- What you can contribute in JET
- Statement of willingness to integrate into the Japanese environment
- How will you use your JET experience in the future?
- How can you contribute to your country and to Japan afer JET?
My impression and suggestion
Writing about the above items is of course fine, but I personally thought it would be a good idea to include the following.
- How your goals and JET objectives are linked
- Your experiences with Japanese people and what you have learned from them
- What you have noticed about the challenges of Japanese people learning English and how you approach them
- Specific examples of difficulties you have experienced and how you overcame them
- Your teaching characteristics and what you value
- What you think is important to motivate students to learn
- What you want to teach your students beyond English
The following points are, needless to say, considered very important.
- Readability of the article (Need to use difficult words must be considered)
- Richness of expression
- Avoid spelling and English grammar errors.
On the official website, the purpose of JET is stated as such.
Aiming primarily to promote grassroots internationalisation at the local level, the JET Programme invites young college graduates from around the world to participate in internationalisation initiatives and be involved in foreign language education at Japan’s local government offices, boards of education, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.
In this issue, I have compiled a section on the essay that ALT applicants write when applying to JET. I have used samples and examples from the Internet as reference for these items. This does not mean that you should write this content. This is for reference only.