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Japan Foundation Resources

Below are useful sites and resources the Japan Foundation has created for teachers of Japanese.

We also recommend teachers check out our list of Language Learning Resources as there are many sites listed there which can be used in the classroom!

*NEW* Marugoto Teaching Materials Project: Collection of Support Materials

The Japan Foundation, Toronto’s Marugoto Teaching Material Project aims to create a collection of materials to be used as a reference by teachers in order to make it easier for the Marugoto textbooks to be used in Japanese-language education in Canada. Anyone who is currently using Marugoto textbooks, who would like to use them in the future, or who is simply interested in the textbooks are welcome to freely use these materials!

Minna no Kyouzai Site・みんなの教材サイト (English/Japanese)

Minna no Kyozai is a free, members-only website to help Japanese-language teachers around the world create teaching materials for their students.

Minna no Can-do Site・みんなのCan-doサイト (Japanese)

Minna no Can-do Site is a website where users can search for CEFR Can-dos and JF Can-do as well as create their own Can-do statements.

Nihongo Kyoiku News・日本語教育通信 (Japanese)

Check out the Japan Foundation’s “Nihongo Kyoiku News” for new and useful information for Japanese-language teachers.

JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education・JF日本語教育スタンダード (Japanese)

Focusing on what learners “Can-do” in Japanese, the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education has been developed in order to be practically useful in different educational contexts around the world.

※ For information in English, please refer to

Classroom Resources for Teachers (JF Sydney)

Enrich your Japanese classroom with a collection of resources for all learners from The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

Speak Japan Blog (JF Los Angeles)

The Speak Japan blog shares resources, ideas, and inspiration to Japanese language teachers for their classroom and surrounding community.

Please also visit the websites of other Japan Foundation locations for a variety of Japanese-language teaching and learning resources:

Canadian Professional Organizations

The following are national organizations that welcome Japanese-language teachers as members.

Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE)


The Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) actively promotes Japanese language education in Canada. They operate a variety of activities including an annual conference, lectures, workshops, support of regional workshop/meetings, and the publication of academic journals. (From “About Us“)

Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT)

CASLT fosters and advances professional excellence in the teaching of languages in Canada. CASLT supports its members by promoting the advancement of language learning and teaching throughout Canada, by creating opportunities for professional development, by initiating and disseminating research, and by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among language educators. (From “About CASLT“)

Distributors of Japanese Language Materials

Below are distributors of Japanese-Language educational materials in Canada. This list is provided as a resource for Canadian educational institutions, and if you have any suggestions for places to buy books in Canada, please let us know.

Blue Tree Books

(Formerly Nihongo Circle/OCS CANADA)

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 604-688-0121 (Vancouver), 905-415-0611 (Toronto)
  • Office: Blue Tree Management (Canada) Limited
    #1300-1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6
  • Toronto Book Store: Blue Tree Books
    3160 Steeles Avenue East Unit 1 (J-Town)
    Markham, ON L3R 4G9
  • Vancouver Distribution Centre:
    #195-4851 Miller Road
    Richmond, BC V6B 1K7