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1621 An older Japanese samurai master and his young, female apprentice

I have really enjoyed updating and managing the KobeJET website for the past 7 years. It has been both a fun hobby and useful tool in trying multiple new web technologies that I have used in other websites for the US Forest Service, FCC, BehaveNet, and more - and that I've been able to update in return from lessons learned.

But while I fully intend to keep hosting the site, providing updates, and continuing to use it as an example of what is possible with Drupal 10.2 and beyond, I would like to hand off all actual JET questions and interactions to current ALTs.

The site has a lot of potential for helping new and current ALTs connect with their communities, learn about their schools and sempais/kouhais, and share information about the city, resources, and on and on.

If you might be interested in becoming the new KobeJET admin, please send a short introduction to and I will follow up with you to verify your status as a current ALT and next steps to help you get up and running on the site.

1620 Drupal CMS logo

You may not have noticed much a change on the front side of things (which is a good thing!), but is now running on the latest version of the open source Drupal 10 CMS!!🥳

And just in time for Halloween!🎃 This comes with numerous feature and performance improvements for all users - lesson and favorite location perusers, content contributors, and user managers. And we are still looking for all three. So if you're interested in getting more involved with KobeJET in any capacity, please let us know! Translating 🙊🈺, managing the current JETs directory📚, adding or adopting and updating lessons...🚀 the list goes on and on.

We hope you enjoy the latest updates and look forward to your feedback! Oh, and we added emojis too!😊

Get involved!

1617 Full school map listing screenshot

Big shout out and thank you to 2 dedicated volunteers, Dania and Denisa, who have finished mapping the rest of the schools. Through perseverance and sweat, they added 150 schools in the last day alone - WOW!!

Take a look and check out the full school map! You can easily search by School name, block number, or level/type.

If you'd like to help us in updating school info, including the current ALT(s) or contact information - let us know!

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    • Audio player
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    Students will learn about Mardi Gras, and create Mardi Gras masks using color vocabulary and school supply vocabulary. INTRODUCTION:Mardi Gras!Show pictures of the festival, people with masks, and…
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    The Magic of the Rainbow: Using Easter to Teach Colors!!

    To teach students colors INTRODUCTION: Have the students write the words (see attached worksheet): egg, chicken, happy, easter, basket, pink, blue, yellow, purple.  (Note 1)   Have…
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    • Music video with lyrics
    • Audio player
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    • Music video with lyrics
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    • Lyrics table - translations and downloadable!
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    Spring vocabulary Printable spring-themed karuta cards to teach spring vocabulary. Introduce new vocabulary then have students play any card game. Eg. karuta, catch game, etc. I made…
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    Simulate the beauty and majesty of that joyous tradition that makes kids clutch their round little tummies with glee, the Easter Egg Hunt! Prep time: Several hours (you need to really love Easter).…
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    Easter Egg Lesson

    Easter Cultural Lesson A fun lesson where the students get to decorate their very own egg for easter! Materials needed: one hard boiled egg per student coloured crayons, enough for 2 per student…
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    Easter Egg Hunt Game

    Introduce students to an Easter custom while simultaneously reviewing various grammar points This is a great game that can supplement a full Easter lesson or stand alone at the end of a lesson for a…

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Due to restructuring, this school is the new campus for Shinko Senior High School and Hyogo Commercial High School, which will close in March 2018.

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By: Joy
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By: デビッド
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Mandatory health examination for all city employees including ALT(s)and CIR(s). Occurs once per year, over the summer and fall in various locations throughout Kobe, including City Hall. Keep an eye out for emails from the School Education…

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Many JET contracting organizations refer to this as JTE (Japanese Teacher of English), however Kobe City uses the term OTE to avoid the assumption that all English teachers…


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