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

March JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Ms. Sonomi Iwata-Consul (McMaster University) – Mar. 27 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Having fun through creating and sharing Japanese-Language Skits on YouTube”

Registration for the July JLPT in Edmonton is now open!

Registration Deadline: April 5, 2019 (4:00 PM Mountain Time) Continue reading →

Travel Japanese

Looking to travel to Japan but worried about what to say when you get there? Join our “Travel Japanese” class on March 16th!

Continuing Learning Japanese 28: Japanese Language Class Observation

For the 28th event of the series, the Japan Foundation, Toronto opens our Japanese-language classes for observation on March 19th and March 27th.

February JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Ms. Izumi Adachi, the University of Saskatchewan – Feb. 27 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Autonomous Learners in the University Language Classroom”