Japanese-Language Education Overseas [Language]

To make the Japanese language easier to learn and teach, the Japan Foundation develops infrastructures and environments for Japanese language education overseas. In addition, it promotes Japanese language education according to the circumstances by country and region through various activities, such as dispatching Japanese language specialists and conducting Japanese language training.

1. Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program: J-LEAP

J-LEAP aims to strengthen and maintain the basic infrastructure of Japanese language education and the understanding of Japan in the U.S. By dispatching Japanese teaching assistants (TAs), J-LEAP endeavors to serve the needs of U.S. K-12 educational institutions seeking to strengthen their Japanese language programs. TAs will engage in Japanese classes with and under the instruction of their supervisors (Japanese-class teachers). TAs will help with creating materials and curriculums, preparing homework and tests, and will also assist or conduct other Japan-related activities at schools and in the community to contribute to a better understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
Applicant Individual*
*Japanese nationals whose native language is Japanese from Japan and overseas.
Application Deadline January, 2021
Application Instruction / Application Form Application Guideline and the Application Form will be available on the Japan Foundation's website around autumn 2020.
Reference

2. Support Program for Organizations in Japanese-Language Education (Grants)

This program aims to support Japanese language education activities by targeting Japanese language teachers and students of overseas Japanese language institutions and organizations.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*For details, please see Application Instruction.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form JN-FK
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

3. Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language(On-site)

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (JFJLI, Urawa) organizes the training programs on the Japanese language, Japanese language teaching methodology and Japanese culture for those currently working as Japanese language teachers teaching outside of Japan.
The eligibility, duration, and content differ in every program.

3 (1) Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is a six months program designed for teachers who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology, and deepen their knowledge of Japan. This program was conducted as “Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language” until FY 2018. The contents of program are almost same with “Long-term Training Program”.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas*
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form NC-BT
Application Instruction / Application Form

3 (2) Japanese language Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skill which is necessary as teachers of Japanese language. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form NC-JT
Application Instruction / Application Form

3 (3) Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve the teaching methodology. This program will be conducted only once per year in FY 2021. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form NC-MT
Application Instruction / Application Form

4. Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is an online training program for those currently working as Japanese-language teachers teaching outside of Japan to learn the theory and basic knowledge for teaching themes related to Japanese language teaching methods.
For FY 2021, we provide five themes as follows: (1) "JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education", (2) "Japanese Language Education and Culture", (3)"Teaching Reading Comprehension", (4) "Rethinking of Teaching Japanese Grammar", and (5)
"Teaching Business Japanese: Understanding Learner's Needs".
All programs will consist of pre-study sessions for all participants, as well as live sessions, individual consultations, and post session assignments.
In the pre-study, participants study individually using newly prepared materials from the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, as well as working on assignments.
In the live session, all participants are connected online with the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa enabling them to discuss their prior studies, which allows them to confirm and deepen their understanding of the content.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form NC-OT
Application Instruction / Application Form

5. Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

With the aim of providing support to specialists who require Japanese language proficiency in order to smoothly execute their specialist work and research activities (such as researchers, graduate students, librarians, and museum and art museum curators), this program provides training for the acquisition of practical Japanese language proficiency through a curriculum that is tailored to the characteristics of the respective specialist work, conducted at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form KC-G
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference
  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.

[Contact Us]

  1. (1)Applicants from outside Japan:
    Applicants should contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices. When there is no regional office in the applicant's country of residence, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.
  2. (2)Applicants from within Japan:
    Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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