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

September JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Noriko Yabuki-Soh (Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University) – Sept. 18 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Rethinking “Japanese grammar”: The role of Japanese language instructors in enhancing learner proficiency”

Registration for the December 2019 JLPT is now open!

Registration deadline: October 4, 2019 Continue reading →

2019-2020 Local Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education Second Round Applications Open

This program is intended to promote Japanese-language education in Canada by providing support to a wide range of activities essential to the dissemination of Japanese-language and the development of Japanese-language education.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Workshop for Teaching Japanese Online Based on the Action Oriented Approach

If you are interested in teaching Japanese online, join our workshop (Tuesday evenings September 3 to November 12) which will introduce you to how you can use your own strengths to be an online teacher! No previous experience in teaching Japanese is required.

“Japanese Together” Information Session

Interested in learning more about our year-long “Japanese Together” language courses? On Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 pm we will be hosting a drop-in information session that will cover all levels offered in the 2019-2020 school year!