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

NEW SESSION: JFT Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers

On Wednesday, January 8 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST we will host an Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers. Participants are welcome to suggest topics related to any problems they may have or something they want to hear others’ opinions on, etc.

Pre-Intermediate Course “Japanese Together 4” Trial Lesson!

On December 18 we are hosting a Trial Lesson of our Pre-intermediate JAPANESE TOGETHER 4 Japanese-language course!
If you have been studying Japanese for some time now and you are interested in continuing your studies at the Japan Foundation, Toronto, please feel free to join us to get a feel for how our classes are run and which level might be the right one for you!

Teacher Workshop: Why Virtual Reality (VR) Games Help You Learn Languages

On Saturday, December 14 we will host a workshop for Japanese-language teachers looking at Virtual Reality (VR) games and how they can be used in language classrooms, including the opportunity for participants to try out VR Goggles themselves!

Workshop for Teaching Japanese Online 2: Making Your First Website

The second workshop in our series (Tuesday evenings December 3 to January 21) will help you learn to how to create your own website and promote yourself as a teacher.

Online Network for Heritage Language Education 2: Introduction of JALTA’s “Nippongo” textbooks (Tomoko Ujie Bailey) & sharing of classroom practices (Keiko Aoki)

In the second meeting of the Online Network for Heritage Language Education on December 17, there will be an introduction of “Nippongo” textbooks published by the Japanese Language Teachers Association (Tomoko Ujie Bailey), sharing of classroom practices (Keiko Aoki), and a round-table discussion by participants.