Starting a Group
Who runs a group?
How to start a new group
It is not necessary to gather a committee before the first meeting. Committees will often emerge from the first one or two meetings.
Local ETJ e-mail groups
Many regional groups also have an e-mail group for members in the area who would like to receive information about meetings by e-mail or have a chance to discuss local issues. ETJ members will only be put on local e-mail lists after filling in a form requesting this.
Suggestions for the first meeting
It is normal to charge ¥500 yen for members and ¥1,000 for non-members, and this covers the cost of the venue. Some groups have a free venue and do not charge an entry fee .
Advertising the meeting
Theme and format
The presentations could be followed by an open discussion if the group is small, or by teachers working on ideas in pairs or groups and then reporting their main suggestions to the other pairs/groups.
After the meeting, please send copies of new members’ application forms to Language Teaching Professionals.