FAQ

Q1: How many people learn Japanese in the world?

According to the ''Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad''conducted by the Japan Foundation, there are about 3.99 million Japanese-language learners. In this Survey, the number of institutions and teachers are also investigated and data in the past surveys are posted.

Q2: How do I get information on Japanese-language education in a certain country /area?

Japanese-Language Education Information by Countries provides information on Japanese-language education in 203 countries and districts in the world, major syllubus/guidelines related to Japanese-language education in each country, and teachers associations and academic conferences. For more information, please use Search for Reference which includes the title of basic documents on Japanese-language education in each country/district. Address and contact of individual educational institution offering Japanese-language course in each country are searched in Search engine for institutions offering Japanese-language education.

Q3: I would like to teach Japanese abroad. Does the Japan Foundation dispatch Japanese teachers?

The Japan Foundation dispatches Japanese-language education experts and assistant teachers to ministry of educaiton in each countryoverseas offices of the Japan Foundation, the Japan Centers and the intermediate/higher education facilities. Please access here for recruitment.

Q4: How can I participate in domestic training programs by the Japan Foundation?

The Japan Foundation provides diverse training programs related to Japanese- language education at the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa and the Japanese- Language Institute, Kansai. For the programs inviting participants, please see the Program Guidelines. Please note that qualification at home/overseas and individual/organization, deadline and how many times you can apply are different in each program.

Q5: I am now teaching Japanese at an institute overseas. Is it possible for me to receive any support from the Japan Foundation?

The Japan Foundation supports Japanese-language educations overseas through diverse programs and by giving educational materials. For details of each program, please see the Program Guidelines. Please note that qualification at home/overseas and individual/organization, deadline and how many times you can apply are different in each program.

Q6: How do I get a publication published by the Japan Foundation?

Please access Publications and Goods for major publications on Japanese- language education published by the Japan Foundation. Educational materials pulishers, prices and ISBNs are listed in List of Japanese-Language Teaching Materials Developed by the Japan Foundation. Some materials are sold at JFIC shop.

Q7: What is Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? How can I take it?

JLPT is a test to evaluate and certify the language proficiency of primarily non-native speakers of Japanese since 1984. The JLPT is offered in five levels (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5). In order to measure Japanese-language proficiency as thoroughly as possible, test items are designed for each level. Please access the JLPT official website for more information on application, testing agency and test site.

Q8: I've lost a certificate of JLPT. Can it be reissued?

Certificate will be reissued with conditions to people who took the test in a non-Japanese country. For details, please see FAQ site in the JLPT Communication Square. If you took the test in Japan, please see the website of japan Educational Exchanges and Services; and if you took it in Taiwan, see http://www.lttc.ntu.edu.tw/JLPT.htm .

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