Training Programs

Training Programs

Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

The Institute invites Japanese-language teachers from all levels of education (primary, secondary, and higher education) to general language schools (for adults and young children), to attend training programs on Japanese-language, and teaching methods as well as current topics in Japan, with the hope of strengthening the education of Japanese-language overseas.

Application is now open for programs of fiscal year 2018 (April 1,2018 to March 31,2019).
Application deadline is December 1, 2017. (Application is open once a year.)
Please refer to the Program Guidelines(PDF:137KB) of the Japan Foundation.
Click on the following links to download application form and instruction.

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Main training programs
Name of the program application Duration of the training outline
Graduate Program in Japanese-Language and Culture (Master's Course) Open application
(Flier (PDF: 658MB) / Application Instruction / Application Form)
One year
(September 2018 - September 2019)
This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching the Japanese language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese language education in their own regions/countries, with an opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in Japanese language education. This graduate program is offered by The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa and by the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Pamphlet(GRIPS website) (PDF: 2MB)External link
Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language Open application
(Application Instruction / Application Form)
About 6 months
(September 4, 2018-March 1, 2019)
A training course in the Japanese language and basic teaching methods: This program is designed to provide foreign teachers of the Japanese language who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and teaching methodology and to deepen their knowledge of Japan.
Short-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language Open application
(Application Instruction / Application Form)
About 2 months
(Summer: June 26, 2018 - August 20, 2018
Winter: January 9, 2019 - March 5, 2019)
An intensive two-month course in Japanese language and teaching methods : This program is designed to provide foreign teachers of Japanese-language, who have at least two years of experience in teaching Japanese language, with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and teaching methodology and to cultivate their ability to understand other cultures.
This program includes “Special quota for Teachers of the Japanese-Language for Japanese descendants” to help improve Japanese-language education for Japanese descendants in Central and South America.
Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language on a Specific Theme Open application
(Application Instruction / Application Form)
About 1 months
((1) May 29, 2018 -July 5, 2018
(2) November 6, 2018 - December 13, 2018)
Training is provided on the specific themes of (1) Teaching Japanese grammar and (2) Course Design in fiscal 2018 to deepen knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in educational settings.
Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese may apply to this program.
Project-based Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese Language Open application
(Application Instruction / Application Form)
3 weeks to 10 weeks during June 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 Training is provided to Japanese language teachers who are independently engaged in projects to resolve problems or challenges they face such as the teaching materials or curriculum development, so that they can improve their specialist knowledge and techniques in order to complete their projects.
“Sakura Network” Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language Application can only be made by “Sakura Network” member organization 5 weeks
(May 29, 2018 - July 5, 2018)
This training program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese language who belong to organizations of the Sakura Network, are early experience in teaching the Japanese language and are necessary to improve Japanese language skills further, with an opportunity to improve Japanese language skills and to deepen their knowledge of Japan.
Following programs are not open for application.
Name of the program application Duration of the training outline
Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language by Country closed   Certain training programs are organized for teachers of specific countries, in order to respond to needs and circumstances of each country. These programs are not open to application.
Training program for teachers of JF language courses closed   Training program for teachers of JF language courses conducted by the Japan Foundation overseas offices and Japan Centers.
Japanese Speakers’ Forum (Nihongo-jin Forum) closed   A project for secondary education in southeast Asian countries, co-organized with Kamenori Foundation.
Intensive Training Program for Counterpart Teachers of the “NIHONGO Partners” closed   Intensive programs conducted for counterpart teachers of schools that take in or plan to take in “NIHONGO Partners” carried out by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
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