Japan Foundation Resources
Below are useful sites and resources the Japan Foundation has created for teachers of Japanese.
We also recommend teachers check out our list of Language Learning Resources as there are many sites listed there which can be used in the classroom!
Minna no Kyouzai Site・みんなの教材サイト
Minna no Kyozai is a free, members-only website to help Japanese-language teachers around the world create teaching materials for their students.
Nihongo Kyoiku News・日本語教育通信
Check out the Japan Foundation’s “Nihongo Kyoiku News” for new and useful information for Japanese-language teachers.
JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education・JF日本語教育スタンダード
Focusing on what learners “Can-do” in Japanese, the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education has been developed in order to be practically useful in different educational contexts around the world.
※ For information in English, please refer to http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pdf
Classroom Resources for Teachers (JF Sydney)
Enrich your Japanese classroom with a collection of resources for all learners from The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
Speak Japan (JF Los Angeles)
“Speak Japan” provides many different reasons to encourage Japanese language education. And be sure to follow the blog for inspiration, ideas, and resources for Japanese teaching and learning!
Please also visit the websites of other Japan Foundation locations for a variety of Japanese-language teaching and learning resources:
- The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai (English/Japanese)
- The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Urawa (English/Japanese)
- The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Center in Los Angeles (English)
- The Japan Foundation London Language Centre (English)
- The Japan Foundation, Sydney Language Section (English)
Canadian Professional Organizations
The following are national organizations that welcome Japanese-language teachers as members.
Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE)
The Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) actively promotes Japanese language education in Canada. They operate a variety of activities including an annual conference, lectures, workshops, support of regional workshop/meetings, and the publication of academic journals. (From “About Us“)
Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT)
CASLT fosters and advances professional excellence in the teaching of languages in Canada. CASLT supports its members by promoting the advancement of language learning and teaching throughout Canada, by creating opportunities for professional development, by initiating and disseminating research, and by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among language educators. (From “About CASLT“)
Distributors of Japanese Language Materials
Below are distributors of Japanese-Language educational materials in Canada. This list is provided as a resource for Canadian educational institutions, and if you have any suggestions for places to buy books in Canada, please let us know.
- Toronto Office
[Address] 970 Verbena Road, Mississauga ON, L5T 1T6
- Vancouver Office
[Address] 175 – 5980 Miller Road, Richmond BC, V7B 1K2
- Toronto Office
[Contact name] Tomoko Matsumoto
[Address] 63 Leacrest Road, Unit # 7 Toronto, ON, M4G1E5
[Phone ] 647-907-7520
- Waterloo Main Office
[Contact name] Kyoko Takahashi or Kazuhiko Takahashi
[Address] 662 Monarch Place, Waterloo, ON, CANADA N2V 1X3
[Phone] 519-635-3484 [Fax] 519-884-3998