Japanese Language Classes
JETAA MC has created a Nashville Nihongo open group on Meetup.com. JETAA Officers and members will informally tutor Nashville Nihongo group members for Japanese according to their needs. They will also promote one of our partner institutions, the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), and the formal Japanese classes that TFLI offers.
For more information including class time and location, visit: http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Nihongo/
JETAA is LinkedIn
JETAA Music City is now on LinkedIn to hep members network professionally. Here's how to join:
- Search "Music City JETAA" under Groups
- When you click to join the group, include: Years on the JET Program (ex: 2003 - 2006), JET Placement (ex: Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture), and Where you currently live (ex: Nashville, TN)
- The group owner will receive your request, review the information, and then allow you into the group
ESL to Go
A few months ago, a group of community leaders who work to serve refugees in Nashville, TN came together to discuss the top barriers that refugees face in attending ESL classes. The lack of transportation surfaced at #1 on the list.
ESL to Go is a mobile classroom that will travel to apartment complexes in Nashville where refugees live offering ESL classes on-site, eliminating all transportation barriers.
Why does Nashville need a mobile ESL classroom? Although it might come as a shock, Music City U.S.A. is a growing destination city for refugees. When refugees are resettled into their new homes in Nashville, it is essential that they develop their English skills in order to have better employment prospects, communicate within their new environment, and ultimately become self-sufficient.
We are asking YOU to help us reach our ultimate goal of making this idea a reality. We are $25,000 away from purchasing the ESL to Go truck. With your contribution, so many refugees who are otherwise unable to attend ESL classes will be able to hop on our truck and develop the language skills which will allow them to prosper in their new home.
More Than Just a News Event
Soon after the Earthquake & Tsunami struck Tohoku in March, JETAA Bluegrass Sub-chapter member Graham Shelby wrote an article we believe every JET can identify with. We'd like to share that with you here. Graham was in Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima-ken from 1994-1997.
JETAA Appreciation Letter
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, I would like to share a letter of appreciation from Mr. Murata, the Director-General of the Public Diplomacy Department (MOFA) to all the JETAA chapters and especially to the members for raising awareness about the disaster in Japan. He wants to share information about the current situation in Japan in hopes that you will share it with fellow friends and family members. Thank you for all of the assistance you have provided thus far and please do keep mind that if we can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact the Consulate-General of Japan here in Nashville.
Deputy Consul General,
Consulate-General of Japan