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

Latest News

Job Opportunity: Japan Foundation, Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

The Japan Foundation, Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (Osaka, Japan) is looking for a Japanese-language specialist to work in the field of e-learning.
Application deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017 (Japan Time) Continue reading →

Marugoto Summer Sampler 2017

This summer, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is thrilled to once again offer an introductory Japanese class: Marugoto Summer Sampler! This course places its focus on speaking, and over two weeks in July students will gain the knowledge and skills to start talking about themselves and their world in Japanese.

2017 JFT Summer One-Day Workshop for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

In this one-day workshop on July 7, 2017 in Burnaby, BC, we will have two sessions: one looking at updates for the new curriculum in BC, and one looking at autonomous learning.

Let’s Learn Keigo!

Our 2-part class on June 22nd & 29th is designed to help learners know what to say in a variety of situations where keigo (formal Japanese) would be required.

Travel Japanese

Looking to travel to Japan but worried about what to say when you get there? Join us for our “Travel Japanese” class on June 10th!