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 Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers

On Wednesday, July 11 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT we will host an Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers. Participants are welcome to suggest topics related to any problems they may have or something they want to hear others’ opinions on, etc.

NEW SESSION: JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Prof. Keiko Aoki (Queen’s University) – June 19 (Tues) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: 「継承語教育:カナダで育つ、日本につながる子どもたちの『ことば』―カナダ東部での実践から―」

2018 JFT Summer One-Day Workshop for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This one-day workshop on July 4, 2018 in Burnaby, BC will feature a session by Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami (Japanese Language Education Advisor) on “Teaching Japanese as an Autonomous Learner.”

Let’s Learn Keigo!

Our 2-part class on June 27th & July 4th is designed to help learners know what to say in a variety of situations where keigo (formal Japanese) would be required.

ONLINE Beginner-level Language Course: Japanese in Anime & Manga A1 (Greetings)

Want to speak like a samurai? Join our FREE online Japanese in Anime & Manga A1 (Greetings) classes June 18 or 22! Continue reading →