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

Programs administered by the Japan Foundation Head Office in Japan for Japanese-language teachers as well as specialists in Japan-related cultural and academic fields.

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 Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Japanese-Language Resources

Useful links for teachers and learners of Japanese as well as information about Japanese-language education overseas.

Inquiries

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


Survey Report on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2018

To obtain an accurate picture of the current state of Japanese-language teaching around the world, the Japan Foundation conducts a survey of overseas organizations offering Japanese-language courses every 3 years. The most recent survey was conducted in 2018, and the results are now available on the Japan Foundation website. Continue reading →

The Japan Foundation is recruiting Japanese-Language specialists for their “Japanese-Language Specialists Dispatch Program”

Application deadline: Wednesday, August 12th (Japan Time) Continue reading →

2020 Summer Language Brush up Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers

If you would like to brush up your Japanese this summer, please join this free online language brush up course for Japanese language teachers. This workshop covers one chapter of Marugoto Intermediate 1 (B1) for 4 days (August 4, 6, 11, & 13!)

JFT Online ‘Sawakai’ for Japanese Teachers (7)

The JFT Online ‘Sawakai’ for Japanese Teachers is a place where teachers can share with others how their online classes are going. All topics are welcome, including if you have any ideas you would like to try out, anything you feel a little stuck on, etc.
The topic for the 7th ‘Sawakai’ on Tuesday, June 16 will be “How did everyone’s classes go this week?”

Online Teachers’ Workshop: JFT Japanese Language Courses Video Class Observation

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time
In this workshop, we showcase videos taken during our year-long Japanese language courses. Through this recorded class observation, we hope that participating teachers have the chance to reflect on their own teaching and to share things they would like to implement in class and potential challenges that could arise.