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Annual Report 2012/2013 Overview of Japanese-Language Education Overseas Programs

Overview of Japanese-Language Education Overseas Programs

Providing Japanese-Language Education Abroad


The Japan Foundation aims to improve environments of overseas Japanese-language education so that Japanese be easier to learn and teach anywhere in the world and many more people be encouraged to learn it. (see)

Promoting the JF Standard


The Japan Foundation developed the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education as a tool to help think about teaching, learning and assessment, and utilizes the standard to improve the infrastructure.

JF Language Course


The Japan Foundation offers a new type of Japaneselanguage course based on the JF Standard as a more efficient way to learn and teach Japanese. The course places emphasis on the comprehensive learning of language and culture, and aims at promoting mutual understanding through Japanese-language education.

Online Educational Tools


The Japan Foundation operates websites providing Japanese-language teachers with information to develop teaching materials and facilitating the exchange of information. It also runs websites that learners can use according to their purpose of learning.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)


The Japan Foundation administers the JLPT in Japan and abroad. The test targets non-native Japanese speakers, from elementary school students to adults, who take the JLPT for different purposes such as proficiency checks, employment, promotion, or university entrance.

Promoting the Japanese Language According to the Situation of Each Country/Region


The environments of Japanese-language education, the purposes of learners, and the challenges in promoting the language vary greatly in the world. The Japan Foundation provides support for Japaneselanguage education suitable for the situation of each country or region. (see)

Dispatching Japanese-Language Specialists


Japanese-language specialists sent by the Japan Foundation play important roles in providing Japaneselanguage education around the world. The ultimate goal of their dispatch is to ensure that Japaneselanguage education will be provided independently in each country and region, using local human and other resources in the future.

Supporting Japanese-Language Education


Sakura Core Projects are to implement or support programs with a strong outreach effect by utilizing the JF Nihongo Network, which consists of core Japaneselanguage organizations around the world. The Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education Activities provides support tailored to the individual needs of each country or region.

Training for Overseas Teachers and Learners


The Japan Foundation provides training programs for teachers varying from leaders in Japanese-language education in their country or region to those with little teaching experience. It also provides residential training programs for specialists such as foreign-service officers, public officials, researchers, students and other Japanese-language learners.

Japanese-Language Education for Nurse and Certified Care Worker Candidates under EPAs


The Japan Foundation provides Indonesian and Philippine nurse and certified care worker candidates with a preparatory Japanese-language education program in their countries before coming to Japan. The program includes Japanese-language lessons, classes designed to understand Japanese society, culture, manners and customs, and assistance for self-learning.

  • 1.Vietnamese junior high school students studying Japanese
  • 2.A Japanese-language education class in the Philippines for nurse and certified care worker candidates

    1. Vietnamese junior high school students studying Japanese (see) 2. A Japanese-language education class in the Philippines for nurse and certified care worker candidates (see) 3. Symposium titled "Features of Teaching Japanese in Southeast Asia" 4. Participants taking a Japanese drum class at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (see) 5. Demonstration of calligraphy in the Short-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese Language (see) 6. Winners of the Fifty-Third International Speech Contest in Japanese 7. "US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata 2012," held as part of the JET Memorial Invitation Program for U.S. High School Students(see)

  • 3.Symposium titled "Features of Teaching Japanese in Southeast Asia",4.Participants taking a Japanese drum class at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
  • 5.Demonstration of calligraphy in the Short-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese Language,6.Winners of the Fifty-Third International Speech Contest in Japanese,7."US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata 2012," held as part of the JET Memorial Invitation Program for U.S. High School Students