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.


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

Latest News

Japanese Study Fair

Come to the Japan Foundation, Toronto on the evening of Thursday, September 8th for our Japanese Study Fair! Japanese language schools from all around the GTA will be there to share information about their programs, including booths and presentations.

Registration for our Japanese Together language courses is now open!

Starting in September 2016 we are pleased to offer two courses: Japanese Together 3 and Japanese Together 5. Both classes are designed for people who already have some knowledge about Japanese, so if you are not sure if either level is right for you please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Connect With Japan: Summer Festival

Join us on Saturday, July 9th for our language & culture class all about Japanese summer festivals and the various events and activities that they involve!

Let’s Learn Keigo!

Our new 2-part class on June 23rd & 30th is designed to help learners know what to say in a variety of situations where keigo (formal Japanese) would be required.

Japanese in Anime @ Anime North!

Saturday, May 28th at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
International Plaza Ottawa Room

Join the Japan Foundation, Toronto for our language class at Anime North where we’ll introduce Japanese in Anime & Manga! We’ll give you the tools to start watching anime without looking at the subtitles and discuss some of the situations that a typical Japanese language textbook may not cover. (No prior knowledge of Japanese is required, everyone is welcome!)