Japanese Language

hiraganaJapanese-language education support overseas is one of the central activities of the Japan Foundation. It plays a key role in promoting Japanese-language education in Canada through its various activities.

Japanese Language Classes

For people who want to learn more about the Japanese language and culture.

Teachers’ Professional Development

Workshops, network development, etc. for Japanese-language teachers in Canada.

Training Programs in Japan

Including teacher/specialist training programs and graduate scholarships in Japan.

Local Grant Program

Available to Canadian educational institutions to support the dissemination of Japanese-language and the development of Japanese-language education.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

Held annually in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Japanese-Language Resources

Useful links for teachers and learners of Japanese as well as information about Japanese-language education overseas.


Noriko Saito, Program Officer  nsaito@jftor.org
Barbara Carter, Program Officer  bcarter@jftor.org

Latest News

Japanese Through Food: Okonomiyaki

Join us November 17th – December 1st for our new intermediate-level (JF Standard B1) Japanese language class that will use food as a means to work on your conversation skills!

Continuing Learning Japanese 22

In the 22nd event of the series, to be held on Saturday, October 29th, we will have a showing of a video of an adult Japanese class (level 2) at Toronto Japanese Language School.

Let’s Learn Katakana!

Interested in learning Japanese but not sure where to begin? Join us for “Let’s Learn Katakana!” October 10th to 24th!

2017-2018 Program Guidelines

Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for the 2017-2018 fiscal year are now available online.

Let’s Learn Hiragana!

Interested in learning Japanese but not sure where to begin? Join us for “Let’s Learn Hiragana!” October 6th to 20th!