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

Message from People Studying Japanese of the World ― It’s fun to study Japanese!

The Japan Foundation has put together a selection of messages from people studying Japanese, including Canada’s own KEVIN REYNOLDS!

To read his and other interviews, please check out the links here! Messages in [ENGLISH] and in [JAPANESE]

Latest News

JFT Introductory Course on Teaching Japanese: New session starting April 2018

The JFT Introductory Course on Teaching Japanese is designed for people who have sufficient Japanese language proficiency but little to no experience teaching Japanese.

Registration for the July JLPT in Edmonton is now open!

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018 (4:00 PM Mountain Time) Continue reading →

Introduction to the use of “Voice Samples” in Japanese Classes

Professionally-produced ”Voice Samples” are available from the portfolios of voice actors/actresses or narrators. At this workshop for Japanese language teachers on April 7, 2018, you will learn how you can incorporate these “Voice Samples” into your Japanese Language Teaching.

“Japanese Together” Information Sessions

Are you interested in joining one of our “Japanese Together” language courses this April?
On March 20th and 22nd we will open our doors to potential students, so if you would like to know more about how our classes are run, or are not quite sure which level is right for you, please feel free to join us!

Workshop for Teaching Japanese Online 2: Making Your First Website

If you are interested in teaching Japanese online, join the second in our workshop series which will help you learn to how to create your own website and promote yourself as a teacher. This course will run Thursday evenings: March 8, 22, 29, & April 5 & 12.