Well, it has taken a lot of computer hours, a few computer headaches (and maybe a few more grey hairs) but our Systems Manager, Mr. Brian Dentry has created the new iPhone application for Jines and itâ€™s available now as a free download. In the Apple iTunes Store, search for "jines".
The application has three main components and is in English and Japanese.
-1- About Jines â€“ gives a general introduction to what Jines is and how Jines can help a student locate and contact an independent English language school.
-2- Whatâ€™s new â€“ gives us latest information on what is happening with schools and Jines overall and can be updated with ease.
-3- The Directory â€“ lists all the schools contained on the Jines website. Telephone numbers, addresses and internet pages of the individual member schools are also accessible.
The most important area for all of us to note is that the directory is due to be updated by October 22. As such, if you are not already a member of Jines, or you have not updated your information recently, you will not be taking full advantage of this fantastic marketing opportunity, which is free for all independent language schools. This is the first of itâ€™s kind in the iTunes App Store, and is accessible through popular search terms such as (in Japanese) eikaiwa, eigo, English study etc. Already there has been a great response in terms of downloads.
This first version is really for all member schools to look at and give us feedback on. Positive we hope. We will be launching version 2 of the Jines iPhone App early next year.
Remembering there are absolutely no fees or charges to join Jines.
So get to it and update your information and be on the new and improved Jines iPhone App now. There is no time to waste.
To login, just go to http://jines.jp/ and follow the link.
The advantages of Company Classes
Just this week I was in Tokyo finalising a new contract to teach the Ramp Controllers at Narita International Airport. These are the guys and girls who control your aircraft from the gate to the runway. I have been fortunate enough to have this contract for the past 3-years and I can honestly say that it is more exciting than teaching in a classroom in Higashi Osaka.
But the real advantage of doing this program is the extended contacts I have made. Before I started the original contract I had real hesitations about doing it. It meant that I had to miss a day in my own school, find a new teacher to cover for me in the classroom and not to mention the travel involved.
However once starting I have found that this program has opened up opportunities in areas I would never have dreamed of. In addition, some of the people I have met have not only been influential in the Japanese aeronautical industry but also very pro-active in helping my school.
So even if the salary is not much higher than what you can make by teaching in your own school, get out there and take the company class anyway, as you never know where it may lead you next.
And the next time you are flying out of Narita, relax in the knowledge that all the controllers are keeping their English up to the ICAO industry standard, albeit with a little Australian twang.
Take care and happy flying.
Jines Jump Start
CES â€“ Winter School groups in Worthing
Are you looking for a well-established school with a first class reputation to take a group of students on an English study abroad next February break time?
Well why not choose CES in Worthing England. Worthing is an attractive seaside town of 100,000 people on England's South Coast. It's located only 10 minutes from Brighton and 1 hour and 15 minutes from the centre of London by train.
The Winter School Group package (7-nights / 8-days) contains:
20 lessons - 15 hours English language tuition
Elementary to Advanced levels of English
Course Content:â€¨ The course is designed for groups of young people (minimum age 14 years). The course combines expert English language tuition with an interesting social and cultural programme. Project work is an important part of the course.
The course includes grammar and use of language, with the focus on listening and speaking in the second session. Students are assessed on their level of English on their first day and placed in a class according to their level. In class students will improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Class is for three hours each day. Courses are subject to demand and may take place in the morning or afternoon depending on demand.
Full board Host Family Accommodation (2 students per family)
15 Hours Tuition per week in single nationality classesâ€¨
Book Rental + additional course materialsâ€¨
Certificate of Attendance and individual student report
Griffith University - TESOL for International Test Preparation
TESOL for International Test Preparation (ITP) is designed for qualified ELICOS / ESL teachers who want to develop specific knowledge and skills in international language tests or undertake a pathway program to begin to upgrade their TESOL qualifications to a post-graduate level such as the Cambridge Delta.
ITP is matched in terms of duration and workload to a Unit in a graduate TESOL program offered in a university.
Participants who successfully complete the course receive an Australian nationally recognised Statement of Attainment from Griffith University. Successful participants are also able to articulate directly into the Cambridge Delta Module Three.
Duration - The ITP takes 130 hours to complete with 36 hours face-to-face. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, participants are required to spend approximately 90 hours on directed reading and assignments.
Queensland International Business Academy (QIBA)
QIBA is an Australian Government accredited ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and Vocational Education institution specializing in English, Business and University Foundation programs for Australian and International students.
QIBAâ€™s partnership arrangements with 3 Gold Coast Universities are reflected in a number of integrated Business, Foundation and English Language preparation programs for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate students.
â€¢ Important note: For all new students to QIBA they will receive a waiver on their Registration fee which is a saving of AUS$220.00 or approximately 22,000 yen.
Ms. Taeko Kashiwagi
Study Abroad Administrator
Taeko Kashiwagi comes to Jines with a solid background in ESL education. Starting out as a receptionist with Nova Corp., she became an English language student in Sydney, Australia. After completing her language studies as well as additional vocational studies with Southbank Institute of TAFE she then worked in the study tour section of Queensland College of English. After a number of years in the travel industry Taeko returned to education where she took up the position of Centre Administrator for the IELTS test centre at Griffith University, Australia before returning to Japan.
Education News On Japan
Japan teachers may get English training in U.S.
The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering the establishment of a program that would send young Japanese teachers of English to the United States to improve their English ability, it has been learned. Prime Minister Naoto Kan plans to expand cultural, intellectual and human exchanges between the two countries, in addition to security and economic cooperation as part of the government's efforts to deepen the Japan-U.S. alliance. The government intends to reach an official agreement that includes the English-teacher plan when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Japan in the middle of next month. (Yomiuri)
Nova, Geos now under investment fund's wing
Nagoya-based G. communication Co. last week sold Nova Corp. and Geos Corp., two major foreign language school chains, to an investment fund. The fund, Inayoshi Capital Partners, run by recently retired G. communication founder Masaki Inayoshi, acquired the stakes Friday by purchasing shares of G. education Co., a G. communication spokeswoman said. Seven Geos language schools overseas, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand, will remain G. communication subsidiaries. (Japan Times)
Digitizing books stirs copyright controversy
A growing business in which companies are digitizing books into e-books for individual customers is drawing the ire of publishers, who say the practice violates the Copyright Law. The companies remove the spines of books and scan the pages one by one for transfer to e-readers, a practice called "jisui," which literally means "cooking one's own meals." Although it is legal for individuals to digitize their books for their own use, some publishing companies maintain it is a violation of the Copyright Law for companies to do so on behalf of individuals. (Yomiuri)
Universities looking to go global
Fostering global human resources seems all the rage these days and several Japanese universities are jumping in, opening their doors to foreign students who aren't proficient in Japanese in a bid to snatch top-class talent from around the world. While the institutions prepare to make their programs attractive to foreign students, university officials say the private sector should also open up so these graduates will stay in Japan and embark on solid career paths. Under the Global 30 project initiated by the education ministry last year, by the end of fiscal 2013 more than 130 undergraduate and graduate courses conducted completely in English will be launched at 13 universities acting as Japan's "global education hubs." (Japan Times)
It's free for independent school owners to list their schools in the Jines Directory.
Follow the link below to register and enter your school details into the database.
At any time you will be able to modify or delete your entry.
Join / Login here!
Jines charges no service fee for the schools to join, nor does it charge the Japanese student to access the information contained within this website.
The purpose of Jines is to provide a gateway for Japanese students to locate a suitable school in addition to providing a forum for school owners to share ideas on improving English language services in Japan.
For more information, contact:
Japan's Independent Network of English Schools
Tel: +81 72 981 8806