4.17.2007

コミュニケイシヨン

Communication, it helps the world go round in a figurative sort of way.

Around here, ALTs seem to be on the bottom rung, or sometimes struggling to get to the bottom rung of the communication ladder.

My start time at Enami JHS is 8:15. This morning I was pulling in after a half hour ride into the wind (Thank you for this wind, for it will make me stronger!) at a few minutes after 8. I noticed that the whole staff had gathered outside the main entrance for some reason. They noticed me and the kyoto-sensei (vice principal) ran over to me as I was locking up my car (cleverly disguised as a bike) and invited me to be a part of the official staff picture. So I hurried over in my cycling shorts (no exposed lycra...fortunately), threw on a business shirt over my jersey and tried to hide myself as much as possible behind other staff members.

To his credit, the Principal did apologize to me afterwards for not telling me yesterday.

It is little things like this that really get to some ALTs. I have read rants from livid ALTs about this very thing happening accusing all kinds of people of all kinds of rudeness. I have decided that they are not being rude, that they really like me and when they don't tell me things its because they have heard that I really do know everything.

Flip side of the coin is when I start feeling really good about my skills in japanese (I had a whole conversation yesterday in Japanese...). Today I was talking to a teacher and discovering that we live very close together in Sunomata. I was doing pretty well at understanding her. Unfortunately, one of the kyoto-senseis saw what was going on and assumed that because I could understand some simple directions about my neighbourhood, I must be fluent in Japanese, so he came over and started talking to me...really fast. He got the deer in the headlights.

2 comments:

wife-being-annoying :) said...

FYI to all those reading...

ALT's are:

"Assistant Language Teachers"

Hey Vertigo!
"Communication", it helps the world go round... ;)

Rachel Z said...

Hey both of you!
ALTs are not just part of the JET program.