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Personal Statement

Key Points:

  • The Personal Statement must be word-processed (or typed). Hand-written personal statements are NOT accepted.
  • The Personal Statement must be written according to the structure detailed below.
  • The Personal Statement structure for ALT and CIR applications is slightly different. Be sure to choose the correct outline.

This is your personal statement of between 800 and 1000 words. Your essay must be:
printed on A4 paper
font size 12

It should comprise of three main sections, including the following points:

1) General Statement (Both ALT and CIR applicants)

  • This should set forth your reasons for wishing to participate on the JET Programme.

2) What can you contribute to the Programme? (Both ALT and CIR applicants)

If you have any experience of living abroad for an extended period, what aspect did you find the most difficult to adapt to? Was there any specific problem you had to overcome?


If you have not had any experience of living abroad, do you consider yourself to be adaptable to new circumstances and people? What situations have you found yourself in that have required such adaptation?

3a) For ALT applicants only: Teaching ideas

  • If you have some teaching experience, what methods of teaching, classroom approaches, etc., have you used, and which have you found the most valuable?



If you have little or no experience, imagine you are in front of a class of 40 students, many of whom are not interested in studying English. How would you go about motivating them? What methods or approaches do you think you might use? What advantages do you think your methods might have?

3b) For CIR applicants only: Current affairs

What political or social issues in the UK do you think a Japanese person is most likely to be interested in and why?


We ask for your patience in reading through all the instructions.


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