Teachers’ Workshops

Temporary Measures related to the spread of COVID-19

Following the directives from all levels of government, until the situation is resolved all of our workshops have moved online.
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Professional development programs for Japanese-language teachers in Canada.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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Show Why Virtual Reality (VR) Games Help You Learn Languages (December 14, 2019)

This workshop for Japanese-language teachers will look 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!
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Show Reflecting on Kanji Instruction: How kanji can be learned particular to a classroom environment (August 17 & 18, 2019)

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.
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Show JFT Course on Teaching Japanese Basics:「音声について学ぶ」 (June 14, 21, & 28, 2019)

The JFT Course on Teaching Japanese Basics is designed for people who have sufficient Japanese language proficiency but little to no experience teaching Japanese. This 3-class workshop will focus specifically on phonetics.
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Show Learning through Social Media plus an Introduction to PD on Demand (May 5, 2019)

The first part of this workshop will introduce the basic knowledge to participate in online workshops as well as other online tools for self-training. The latter part will introduce “PD on Demand” workshops Mr. Murakami offers via Zoom. There are already over 20 prepared topics to choose from, with more being added. On the day, the participants will choose topics and experience PD on Demand in-person. For those who feel somewhat hesitant or anxious when participating in online activities, this workshop will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with various online tools.
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Show Introducing practical examples of using “Marugoto” in adult Japanese courses (Jan. 26, 2019)

This workshop will showcase practical examples of using Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture. While the Japan Foundation developed Marugoto to be used as the main textbook in a course, the concepts promoted by the books as well as its various supplementary online resources can be used in Japanese language courses using other books as the main textbook.
This workshop will provide new information about Marugoto and the website Marugoto Plus, as well as introduce actual examples from how they were used in university classes.
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Show 2018 JFT Summer One-Day Workshop for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (Jul. 4, 2018 in Burnaby, BC)

This one day workshop will feature a session by Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami (Japanese Language Education Advisor) on “Teaching Japanese as an Autonomous Learner.” (As part of our 2018 JFT Summer Language Brush-up & PD Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers.)
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Show Autonomous Learning as a Teacher Online (Jun. 2, 2018)

This workshop will introduce the basic knowledge to participate in online workshops as well as other online tools for self-training. For those who feel somewhat hesitant or anxious when participating in online activities, this workshop will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with various online tools.
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Show Workshop on Teaching Japanese in Waterloo: Thinking About Children’s Plurilingual Competences (May 27, 2018)

~ドイツの<複文化・複言語キッズ Can Do>の活動を参考にして~
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Show Introduction to the use of “Voice Samples” in Japanese Classes (Apr. 7, 2018)

Professionally-produced ”Voice Samples” are available from the portfolios of voice actors/actresses or narrators.  At this workshop, you will learn how you can incorporate these “Voice Samples” into your Japanese Language Teaching.
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Show Teaching Japanese Based on the Action Oriented Approach (Dec. 16, 2017)

The “Action Oriented Approach” is a method of creating lessons from the perspective of thinking on what kind of language is necessary for a certain action, as opposed to a structural syllabus which uses the language itself as the starting point. In this workshop, participants will list familiar actions, make them into a curriculum, and finally think about how it could be taught.
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Show 2017 JFT Summer One-Day Workshop for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (Jul. 7, 2017 in Burnaby, BC)

This one-day workshop will feature a session by Ms. Stacia Johnson (French Teacher, Port Hardy Secondary School; Japanese Rep, BCATML) on updates for the new curriculum in BC, and a session on autonomous learning by Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami (Japanese Language Education Advisor).
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Show Japanese-Language Education and Social Media (May 28, 2017)

Together we will access different websites to experience them first-hand, and think about ways to use Social Media in our classrooms and what we need to pay attention to. Before the workshop we will also be taking your questions through an online questionnaire. 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. Depending on the results of the questionnaire, this workshop may contain more introductory information, or it may dive deeper into utilizing social media in our classrooms.
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Show How can we raise students’ speaking ability in class? (Feb. 4, 2017)

Learners have various reasons for studying Japanese, but for many, oral communication in Japanese is a high priority. How can we help those who say: “I want to be able to speak”? In this workshop, participants will share their current situations and related issues, and discuss how we can improve on our classrooms as a place to raise students’ speaking ability. Then, we will prepare a short practice lesson and perform it!
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Show When and How: A Hands-on Look at IT Tools and Resources (Dec. 10, 2016)

In this workshop we will look at bringing together all the different teaching materials materials, online resources, and devices that we use to see how they overlap and how we can bring them together to create infinite possibilities for language learning. In particular, we will look at various internet resources and teaching materials and think as a group about how they can connect. We will go through resources previously introduced at past workshops, and categorize them based on their use. We will also chose resources from the list to compare their contents with textbooks and think about utilizing them in our own classrooms.
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Show Activities – Is that really ok?: The role of the teacher in the classroom and the distance between teacher and learner (Mar. 20, 2016)

In this workshop, we will focus on classroom activities which are often incorporated into day-to-day learning activities. We will reflect on the activities currently being performed, and examine their content as a group. Many learners these days are people who were born or brought up during the age of digital / internet technology (so called “digital natives”) and can attain a wide range of knowledge outside the classroom. What kind of role can teachers play for such learners? In the context of dealing with this digital content, let’s think together on the content and type of activities, and how we can conduct activities so that they are carried out effectively.
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Show Activities – “What will you do?”- Effectively incorporating meaningful activities in the classroom (Feb. 28, 2016 in Vancouver, BC)

Following the popular workshop in October at the University of British Columbia, the theme is once again “classroom activities.” Teachers conduct a lot of activities in their classroom. Let’s reflect on the following together: What kind of activities do you conduct? Are the objectives of the activities clear? Is there a “right time” to introduce and conduct activities? Is the explanation comprehensive enough? Is the length of the activities sufficient? At this workshop we will focus on the activities that often take place in day-to-day learning. As a group, we will analyze the contents and types of class activities and think about how to use them in a meaningful way.

Show Marugoto Workshop: By the author! The whole of Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture! (Nov. 28, 2015)

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, a textbook based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, is a fun resource for anyone wanting to learn about the Japanese language and culture and striving to become able to communicate in Japanese. Marugoto places importance on students accomplishing tasks given with “Can-do” statements, contextualized learning through topics and situations, intercultural understanding, collaborative learning, learner autonomy, and the language acquisition process, among others. These are all connected to the concept of “Japanese for mutual understanding” which was key to the development of the book. Weaving in the above concepts, in this workshop, the foundations, characteristics, and use of Marugoto will be explained. We believe that you will discover a different world of Japanese language education from that of textbooks that centre on sentence patterns. We look forward to everyone’s questions and opinions.
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Show Project Work in Upper-Beginner Classes (Oct. 25, 2015 at the University of British Columbia)

When do you actually use the Japanese that you learn in the classroom? It’s often said when studying Japanese overseas, even after beginners have acquired enough sentence patterns, vocabulary, etc. it’s difficult to find places to actually use the language. In the age of internet technology, it is possible for students to use things like Skype and Social Networking Services (SNS) to try and “access” Japanese on their own. However, from the viewpoint of the whole class, how many of the students are actually “accessing Japanese” in that way? In this workshop, we will consider opportunities to use Japanese within classroom activities, focusing on project work in particular. In project work, students can use Japanese as one “tool,” both in and out of the classroom, and working with other learners can bring their own ideas and opinions together. During the workshop, participants are invited to share their own specific experiences with project work. We will also consider together the significance of project work and how to evaluate it, etc.
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Show Kanji Instruction (Jun. 7, 2015)

When you hear “kanji instruction” does it excite you? Make you depressed? Unlike grammar or conversation, do you find yourself tending to put off thinking about kanji instruction? Teach the meaning, reading, stroke order, “and the rest you can do yourself” Is that really how it’s supposed to go? Have you ever wondered if there’s not another way? In this workshop we will share useful information about kanji instruction, and think about what support we can give students. In order to allow ample time for teachers to discuss their experiences and issues with kanji instruction, we have made this a four-hour workshop. We hope to see all of you who wish to think more about what can be done with kanji instruction at the workshop.
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Show Use of Secondary Teaching Materials (Mar. 7, 2015)

This workshop looks at the use and creation of secondary teaching materials and teaching aids which help further students understanding and facilitate practice. As well as thinking about the most effective use of secondary teaching materials, we will look things such as what kinds of secondary materials can perfectly compliment your class and even creating your own materials while sharing ideas amongst participants.
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Show Ottawa Japanese Language Teacher's Networking Meeting and Workshop (Feb. 21, 2015)

For this workshop we are aiming for a more casual meeting where participants can introduce to each other their Japanese programmes. As well as the introduction of the Japanese programmes in Ottawa, we will also have a presentation on Japanese learning in Ottawa by JFT staff Jessica Carman, an introduction of JFT’s Japanese language education support programmes, and a session on the new JF Standard based textbook Marugoto.
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Show BC Japanese Language Teacher's Workshop (Feb. 14, 2015)

This time, we are holding a workshop where teachers will be able to learn about each other’s Japanese language programmes at the high school and university levels. Akemi Takisawa (Killarney Secondary School) and Margaret Ritchie (Sentinel Secondary & West Vancouver Secondary) from BC’s Japanese Language Teacher’s Association (Nihongo BC), and Professor Rebecca Chau (University of British Columbia) will introduce what kinds of Japanese language education takes place in their institutions. We will also have a presentation from the Japan Foundation, Toronto on Japanese language education at the secondary level while looking at examples from other countries.
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Show Digital Contents: Making them Work in your Classroom (Dec. 13, 2014)

Whether you use one sometimes or all the time, computers are used for things such as class preparations and in class activities. In this session we will focus on bringing the computer to life in your classroom, looking at a computer’s standard features and programmes, as well as resources available over the internet. We will share our experiences to date with digital contents, and we will separate into groups and use digital contents to think on how we can effectively use them in the classroom.
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Show Grasping Marugoto (Oct. 4, 2014)

In this workshop using teaching materials analysis methods we will aim to grasp the special features of Marugoto. As well as introducing the use of Marugoto in the JFT’s Japanese language classes, we will experience a class from the learner’s perspective to think on how we can effectively use the features of Marugoto when planning a class.
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Show Designing Japanese Language Education to Match the Students (Jun. 1, 2014 in Waterloo, ON)

In this seminar held in the Waterloo region by the Japan Foundation, Toronto, we will discuss how to create a Japanese language education plan that is tailored to learners’ specific backgrounds and needs.
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Show Conversation Classes and Speaking Training (May 3, 2014)

Learners have various reasons for studying Japanese, but for many, oral communication in Japanese is a high priority. How can we help those who say “I would like to be able to speak”?  In this workshop, participants will engage in activities that will improve learners’ speaking abilities.
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