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.


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

CANCELLED: Teacher Workshop: Introduction to OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) for Japanese Pronunciation

We regret to inform you that our workshop: “Introduction to OJAD for Japanese Pronunciation” schedulled to be held March 8 at the University of Toronto has been cancelled.

Travel Japanese A1 (Eating Out in Japan) Tutor Support Course

On March 20th our popular Travel Japanese class is now also ONLINE! We will go over some essential words and phrases you need to know before departing for Japan, as well as some tips and tricks to make your journey smoother. In particular, we will focus on language related to eating at restaurants!
Register @ Minato by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 11!

Mini-Presentation on Japanese as a Heritage Language Education

On Friday, February 28 the Japan Foundation, Toronto is happy to host an event on the Education of Japanese as a Heritage Language, in connection with “The Promotion of Japanese Language Education Act” recently enacted in Japan. The event includes a mini-presentation and small group discussions. (in Japanese) Continue reading →

December 2019 JLPT Online Test Results Announcement

Test-takers are able to check their results online until 5:00 pm on March 31 (Japan Time) 2020. Continue reading →

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) class on January 31!
Registration deadline: January 21 @ 11:59 pm (EST)