2020 Skills Development Conference


The Skills Development Conference (SDC) brings Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) together to share work experiences and to discuss team-teaching and related matters. The conference strives to enhance foreign language education and to further develop the JET Programme in Kagoshima Prefecture.


  1. Enhance teaching methods to promote more communicative and student-centered learning.
  2. Develop participants as effective team-teachers.
  3. Utilize textbooks and other teaching materials.
  4. Discuss issues related to foreign language education in special needs, elementary, junior, and senior high schools.
  5. Encourage understanding of cultural differences in the workplace.
  6. Discuss the duties and responsibilities of the ALT-JTE partnership.


The conference is administered by the Kagoshima Prefecture Board of Education, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

COVID-19 Announcement

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 staging of SDC will be moved from in person to online delivery. The Kagoshima Prefecture Board of Education regrets that ALTs and JTEs will be unable to gather together to share their diverse perspectives on education in our special needs, elementary, junior, and senior high schools.

Preventative measures guarding against the spread of COVID-19 should continue to be observed at all times.

Date & Time

Friday, November 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM


  1. All Kagoshima JET Programme ALTs
  2. JTEs from special needs, elementary, junior, and senior high schools in Kagoshima Prefecture
  3. Prefectural and Municipal Language Teachers’ Consultants


1:00 – 2:00 CLAIR Keynote Address
2:00 – 3:00 Ed. Connect
3:00 – 3:50 ALT Split Session
3:50 – 4:00 A Message from the PAs

General Session Overview

CLAIR Keynote Address

We are pleased to virtually welcome Pierce Langdon, from CLAIR, to this year’s conference. His presentation, Feedback Fundamentals, is designed to help ALTs and JTEs give and receive feedback in the workplace.

Ed. Connect

This PA-moderated workshop seeks to promote increased and improved communication between JTEs and ALTs. Discussion topics include lesson planning, workplace relationships and conflict resolution, and performance expectations and evaluations. Ed. Connect will also feature a “Team-teaching Spotlight”, highlighting some of our favourite lesson plans/activities submitted for the Idea Share on the 2020 Skills Development Conference form.

ALT Split Session

Questions and concerns submitted by ALTs on the 2020 Skills Development Conference form will be addressed by the Japanese PA, Ms. Yoko Ōta, and the ALT PAs, Toni-Ann Lewis and Maximiliano Alvarez.

A Message from the PAs

A quick message from the Prefectural Advisors at the Kagoshima Prefectural Board of Education.

Note from the PAs

For further information regarding the 2020 Skills Development Conference or any other questions or concerns, please contact the Japanese PA, or the ALT Prefectural Advisors for assistance.