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

JFT Course on Teaching Japanese Basics:「音声について学ぶ」

On June 14, 21 & 28 the JFT will have a 3-class workshop focusing on phonetics, as part of our Course on Teaching Japanese Basics (designed for people who have sufficient Japanese language proficiency but little to no experience teaching Japanese).

Japanese Boot Camp

This intensive 2 week course running from July 22 to August 2 is for people who want to start using Japanese immediately, and students will gain practical ability communicating in everyday situations. Continue reading →

Teacher Workshop: Reflecting on Kanji Instruction: How kanji can be learned particular to a classroom environment

On August 17 & 18 the Japan Foundation, Toronto along with the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto and JSL Kanji Research Group are offering a two-day workshop for teachers of Japanese looking at kanji instruction where teachers are invited to reflect on their own instruction and work together to create new resources.

May JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Prof. Ikuko Komuro-Lee (Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto) – May 29 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “What do and don’t learners who already know languages with kanji already know?”

Teacher Workshop: Learning through Social Media plus an Introduction to “PD on Demand”

On May 5 from 1:30 – 3:30, Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami, Japanese-Language Education Advisor, Alberta Education (sponsored by the Japan Foundation) will introduce the basic knowledge to participate in online workshops as well as other online tools for self-training, as well as give a sampling of his “PD on Demand” workshops.