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

3rd Japanese Essay Competition

Kokusai Kouryu Kenkyujo is accepting entries for their 3rd『日本語作文コンクール』 (Japanese Essay Competition) for people learning Japanese all over the world.
Submission deadline: November 15, 2019. Continue reading →

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

Application deadline: Wednesday, August 14th (Japan Time) Continue reading →

Lecture: How to Learn Japanese Kanji

For many learners of Japanese, kanji present a significant hurdle in mastering the language. In this lecture on August 20, 2019, Dr. Yukiyo Hamakawa (Mejiro University) will not teach kanji, but instead look at how people can best learn them. Anyone who is interested in learning kanji, teaching kanji, or just learning about kanji is welcome to join!

Continuing Learning Japanese 30: EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers

In the 30th event of the series on Wednesday, July 24, we will host an EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers. EdCamps are study groups where the participants play leading roles, and discussion topics are decided by participants at registration and/or on the spot.

June JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Jotaro Arimori (Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto) – June 24 (Mon.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Diversity of gender and sexuality that Japanese teachers should know”