Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Development of Japanese-Language Educational Resources and Teaching Method

JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education

For mutual understanding through language communication, two competences are important: one is in accomplishing tasks and the other is in intercultural understanding obtained by broadened views through experiences in diverse cultures.

Based on this principle, the Japan Foundation developed the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JF Standard) as a tool to help think about teaching, learning and assessing in Japanese. To publicize and promote the JF Standard, we have provided information widely and presented possible uses through seminars and workshops in Japan and overseas.

The new edition of the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education was published and a pamphlet to widely publicize the JF Standard was also produced.

Also, the manual of the Role Playing Test based on the JF Japanese-Language Education Standard has been developed to measure the instructor's mastery of verbal communication in the teaching environment. It is available on the JF Standard website. The website also provides manuals, testing procedure videos, model voices, and role-play cards in 13 languages, making it convenient for examinees.

Also, the Minna no Can-do website's database was expanded to include 162 new Can-do statements (72 JF Can-do statements and 90 Marugoto Can-do statements).

In addition, we provided grants for seminars, workshops, surveys and symposiums, and sent instructors to explain and demonstrate possible uses and practical application examples of the JF Standard.

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(Japanese/Español/中文/Bahasa Indonesia)

Publication of Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture is a series of coursebooks that puts into practice the way of thinking of the JF Standard. The word marugoto means “whole” or “everything” and was chosen as the title of the series because the course encompasses both language and culture, features real-life communication between people, and allows learners to experience a variety of aspects of Japanese culture.

Since the publication of Starter (A1), in 2013, totally 9 volumes have been published.

Japanese-language education incorporating the JF Language Course and Marugoto is spreading around the world. Seminars for Japanese-language teachers to learn how to use the coursebooks are being conducted in Japan and overseas.

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Online Education Tools

Our website for assisting Japanese-language teachers provides content for making teaching materials and an online forum for knowledge sharing among teachers. We also have a website for learners to compliment whatever they are learning.

Minna no Kyozai Website Enhanced
Minna no Kyozai website has been assisting Japanese-language teachers since 2002. In response to user's request, we are adding more photographs, illustrations and understanding materials of reading.
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"Erin's Challenge! I can speak Japanese." website boasts more users around the world
"Erin's Challenge! I can speak Japanese." is an e-learning website available in nine languages. The site has been expanded to enable more Japanese-language learners around the world to have fun with Japanese-language and culture with Erin.
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