JF Language Course
The Japan Foundation provides the Japanese-Language Course (JF language course) targeting the general public at our overseas offices and some other venues around the globe in 31 cities as of April 2016. Approximately 20,000 people studied Japanese through the JF language course in 2015.
The JF language course offers a new type of Japanese-language courses in compliance with the JF STANDARD FOR JAPANESE-LANGUAGE EDUCATION (*), which defines Japanese language proficiency, level classification, goal setting, evaluation methods, and others. We expect the JF language course to be a good model of Japanese-language education, which leads to improving the educational environment for learners and teachers. We hope the JF language course enables us to welcome a larger number of Japanese learners.
*For more details on the "JF STANDARD FOR JAPANESE-LANGUAGE EDUCATION" , please visit here.
The advantages of the JF language course are as follows.
1. Distinctive High-Quality Education of the Japan Foundation
The JF language course is based on experiences and know-how of the Japan Foundation, which has been promoting Japanese-language education overseas over the years. Teachers having completed our training courses design the syllabus and conduct classes. Based on the level of the JF STANDARD FOR JAPANESE-LANGUAGE EDUCATION, learners’ Japanese-language proficiency can be evaluated with can-do-statements, which describe what the learners can do in Japanese. This encourages the learners to establish a concrete goal to be realized.
2. Learn Japanese Culture as well as Language
To improve communication skills, both competence in accomplishing tasks and competence in intercultural understanding are required. The JF language course has prepared textbooks to learn Japanese society and culture as well as Japanese language. This aims to develop competence in accomplishing tasks in Japanese and furthermore to have Japanese learners feel familiar to people living in the Japanese society.
3. Diverse Cultural Experience and Exchange Programs
The JF language course provides a wide range of events to feel the touch of Japanese culture such as music, film, art and cuisine, the latest information on Japan, and cultural exchange programs out of classroom by making the most use of advantages of the Japan Foundation as an institution to comprehensively implement international cultural exchanges. Through such cultural experience activities, participants of the JF language course can broaden their perspective on Japanese culture and understand the culture more deeply.
The Japan Foundation
Plannning and Coordination Section