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

December JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Ms. Yasuko Senoo, McGill University – Dec. 19 (Wed) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: “Online Exchange Between Universities in Japan and Canada”

MARUGOTO Intermediate Japanese Language Class: “Climbing Mount Fuji”

Join us in the New Year, every second Saturday from January 19 to March 30, for a new intermediate Japanese language class!
This class is made up of 6 two-hour lessons covering the “Climbing Mount Fuji” topic from Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Intermediate 2 (B1) textbook, including activities focusing on all four areas of communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

NEW SESSION: JFT Online EdCamp for Japanese Language Teachers

On Friday, November 30 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.

NEW SESSION: JFT Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers

Talk by Yoshifumi Murakami, Japanese-Language Education Advisor, Alberta Education (sponsored by the Japan Foundation) – Nov. 28 (Wed.) 8:00 – 9:00 pm (EST)
Topic: “How to start SPOC (Small Private Online Courses)”

Let’s Learn Katakana!

Want to start reading and writing in Japanese? Join us for “Let’s Learn Katakana!” November 24th to December 8th where we will cover the basic Japanese alphabet often used for foreign loan words.