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

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.

November JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Michie Habuchi (Teacher, St. Margaret’s School) – Nov. 20 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Learning the Japanese Language and Heart through Tea Ceremony”

NEW SESSION: JFT Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers

On Wednesday, October 9 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT 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.

Online Workshop: Japanese Education and Social Media

While most of us are often in contact with social media in our daily lives, it is not a stretch to assume there are those who rarely use it in their classrooms. This workshop will run the 3rd Friday of each month from September 20 to February 21 and introduce Social Media to those who are not yet familiar with it.