Lesson One: Meet Your Returning FuJET President!

Stand, sit, bow: it’s time to take your seats, everyone because class is in session!

As I mentioned before when you got your proverbial syllabus, the first person you’re going to be meeting is Cormac Ryan, returning as one of a two part Co-Presidency for 2018-2019.

Cormac, a soon to be 3rd Year ALT in Fukushima City, hails from Cork, Ireland and like myself, arrived in 2016. Last year, he carried on the duty of bringing everyone in JET together through dozens of different events with the help of the previous council. I’m certainly excited to be working with him more directly this year.

You can read up about him, along with all of the other wonderful folks I’ll be introducing over the course of the next few weeks, on the Current Council Page

I sat down with Cormac -as much as sitting down and emailing a person is sitting down, mind- to ask him some fun questions so that you can get to know him better.

 Our resident social butterfly had a lot of good replies, so let’s dive right in the thick of it, and see what Cormac had to say to my pop quiz of questions.



Q.If you could choose anyone, dead or alive, in Japan to team teach with for one day, who would you choose and why?

Popular comedian, internet meme sensation, and creator of 2016’s PPAP: Piko Taro.

Cormac: I would choose Piko Taro. Simply because his ultimate hit “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” has limitless possibilities for reusing with different nouns, verbs and grammar points!

Also, I could dress up in my Piko Taro Halloween costume and spend hours of fun performing beside him. It would be the best day of teaching, EVER!



Q. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would it help you in the classroom?

Cormac: If I could have any superpower I would like to be able to teleport, similar to the characters in that “Jumper” film.

Not only would this be useful if I needed some teaching materials from a distant location (restaurant menus, street signs, a confused native speaker), but if I forgot something from home I could pop there and back in an instant.

Also, I would love the chance to just drop a student into some setting in an English speaking country and watch them struggle to be understood! There’s nothing like a trial-by-fire to get the students motivated.


Cormac’s keeping it old school with Ash Ketchum/Satoshi’s former teammate, Metapod.

Q. Which Pokémon best represents your teaching style and why?

Cormac: Definitely Metapod. I’m not just saying this because I only know the first 150 Pokemon, but because I mostly just sit there doing nothing all day. Then whenever anybody does ask me to do something I ‘harden’ and give them the scary eyes!

(At this point, yours truly couldn’t stop laughing at that last bit for about two minutes. Cormac’s one of the least scary people you’ll meet !)


Q. What’s the one thing you think every ALT needs to have to have a successful class?

Cormac: Coffee! Lets you do stupid things faster and with more energy.


Q. What’s your favorite music to lesson plan to?

Cormac: The sound of cicadas chirping in the trees, because it means it’s summertime and I’m in Japan! Wheeee!!


Honestly, I’m still laughing about the Metapod comment. Hopefully you’ll be evolving into a beautiful Butterfree with the new term, President.

You can contact Cormac directly via president@fujet.org. He’s the kind of guy that you can easy enjoy a cup of tea, or a pint of beer, with, and is more than excited to welcome everyone to the prefecture, new and old.

Well all, that’s one lesson down, seven to go. I hope you’ll stick around until finals, and get to know each of this year’s council members, new and old. Look forward to our next session on Friday, May 25!

Stand, bow, and see you later: class dismissed!