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

10th Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children (Hakuho Foundation)

Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children’s Japanese Language Network is now accepting applications from overseas schools for participation in the 10th Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children. Continue reading →

Language and Society – Culturally Focused Effective Teaching of Japanese Grammar – Teacher Training Workshops at Carlton University

Sunday, January 21, 2018, Ottawa ON
Supported by the Japan Foundation, Toronto

JFT Introductory Course on Teaching Japanese: New session starting January 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.

Japanese Through Films: “A Tale of Samurai Cooking”

Join us January 15th – 29th for our intermediate-level (JF Standard B1) Japanese language class, including a private screening of “A Tale of Samurai Cooking” on January 22nd!

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (JFT) Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers

The “Action Oriented Approach” is a method of creating lessons from the perspective of thinking on what kind of language is necessary for a certain action, as opposed to a structural syllabus which uses the language itself as the starting point. In this workshop on December 16, 2017, participants will list familiar actions, make them into a curriculum, and finally think about how it could be taught.