2021 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 English language education and to further develop the JET Programme in Kagoshima Prefecture.


  1. Enhance teaching methods to promote more communicative and student-centred learning.
  2. Develop participants as effective team-teachers.
  3. Utilise textbooks and other teaching materials.
  4. Discuss issues related to English 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

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2021 staging of SDC will be online.

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 12, 10:00 AM – 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


10:00 – 10:30 Reception

10:30 – 10:45 Opening Ceremony & Remarks

10:50 – 12:00 CLAIR Keynote Address

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:10 – 2:30 Ed. Connect

2:30 – 4:00 ALT/JTE Split Session

General Session Overview

Opening Ceremony & Remarks

Mr. Takahiro Kawakami, Senior High School Educational Administrator of the Senior High School Division of the Upper Secondary Education Division of the Kagoshima Prefecture Board of Education, will give a few words to commence this year’s Skill’s Development Conference.

CLAIR Keynote Address

We are pleased to virtually welcome Nicholas Thomas Jackson, 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 communication among JTEs and ALTs. Participants will have the opportunity to openly discuss team-teaching strategies and lesson planning ideas with the aim of developing students’ English language communicative competence as per the Course of Study Guidelines. Discussions will also address workplace relationships, conflict resolution, performance expectations and evaluations.

ALT/JTE Split Session

JTE Split Session: Mr. Koichi Arishima from the Prefectural Institute for Education Research will further discuss lesson planning and team-teaching, including collaborating with ALTs to assess students.

ALT Split Session: The ALT PA team will address questions, comments, and concerns submitted by conference participants during the registration exercise.

Note from the Prefectural Advisors

For further information regarding the 2021 Skills Development Conference or any other questions or concerns, please contact the Prefectural Advisors.

The Japanese PA, Ms. Yoko Ōta, can be contacted at the Kagoshima Prefecture Board of Education at (099) 286-5291 or via email.

Information on accessing conference content will be disseminated shortly.

Click HERE to register for the conference!

Deadline: November 1, 2021