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]

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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 →

Teacher Workshop: “Autonomous Learning as a Teacher Online”

This workshop on Saturday, June 2 will introduce the basic knowledge to participate in online workshops as well as other online tools for self-training.

2018 JFT Summer Language Brush-up & PD Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers

July 4 – 7, 2018 in Burnaby, BC [Registration deadline Extended to June 10th!]
This is a four-day workshop designed for non-native Japanese language teachers, including a one-day workshop open to other teachers on the first day.

NEW SESSION: JFT Online Seminar for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Ms. Mayumi Hoshi (University of Alberta) – May 2 (Wed) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: 「日本語教育と演劇」

Workshop on Teaching Japanese: Thinking About Children’s Plurilingual Competences

Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Waterloo, ON