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Sample Application Letter for a Teaching Position

Embassy of Japan
JET Office
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

October 11, 1997

To Whom It May Concern:

On October 8, 1997, I spoke with a representative from the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program at Purdue Universitys Liberal Arts Career Fair. We spoke at length about the requirements and characteristics of an Assistant Language Teacher. With my experience teaching and tutoring English language skills, my study-abroad experience in Spain, and my leadership abilities, I am confident that I have the ability to be the successful Assistant Language Teacher for whom the JET Program is looking.

I have gained considerable experience teaching and tutoring as a part of my undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Currently I work as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Purdues Writing Lab. Although my job responsibilities are diverse, primarily I tutor a class of beginning writers with a wide range of writing needs. Additionally, I assist the instructor of the class by giving workshops about writing issues, and occasionally teaching the class. I am also volunteering as an English as a Second Language tutor and teacher at the Lafayette Adult Reading Academy, working individually and in small groups with non-English-speaking adults. These experiences have been personally enjoyable and rewarding, and have also taught me how to effectively teach English reading, writing, and speaking skills.

As the president of the Student English Association, I have developed many leadership skills that will be essential for an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan. My responsibilities vary, but they include coordinating group meetings, presiding over the meetings, and motivating others to work together.

Studying abroad in Spain during the summer of 1996 opened my eyes to another way of life, and I realized the importance of learning about other cultures. The opportunity to teach English in Japan will give me the chance to learn firsthand about another land. I am eager to face the unique challenges of working as an ALT in Japan, and I am equally excited about sharing my own knowledge and experiences, as well as learning from others.

Enclosed are my résumé, application materials, and statement of purpose. I look forward to meeting with you for an interview at your convenience. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Sara Vaughan

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