Training Programs

Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (On-site)

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.
Special condition is set for this program aimed at Japanese language teachers of Japanese descendants who teach in Japanese language educational organizations for Japanese descendants in Central and South America.

※Please check the Program Guidelines of the Japan Foundation to download application form and instruction.


August 29, 2022 (Mon.) - February 24, 2023 (Fri.) (tentative)


  1. (1) Individuals who teach Japanese language at overseas educational organization.
  2. (2) Individuals with more than 6 months and less than 7 years of experience in teaching Japanese language.
  3. (3) Individuals who have a proficiency in Japanese of Level N4 in the JLPT, Level 3 of the old JLPT, Level A2 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS), or their equivalent.
  4. (4) Higher priority will be given to applicants aged 37 or under.

※Please refer to the application instructions for other conditions.

Description of the Program

Participants will be divided into groups based on the result of a placement examination to be taken upon arrival in Japan and will attend classes. In some cases, the program may be conducted in two separate courses based on the number of participants and their Japanese-language proficiency.

< Japanese-Language >
Participants will take classes that aim to improve their proficiency using the Japanese-language through various language activities.
< Japanese-Language Teaching Methodology >
Participants will organize their basic knowledge of teaching methods, recognize their problems through trial classes and review of their Japanese teaching activities, and consider the solution.
< Japanese culture/Japanese society >
Participants will have exposure to Japanese culture and society in a real situation that will deepen their understanding of the Japanese-language and culture. (Field trips and cultural programs are also planned)
Participants will obtain cross-cultural understanding ability which means deeper understanding of their own culture and deeper understanding and respecting of culture of other countries through interaction with their classmates.
*In addition to the above, special classes and individual instruction for trial classes are provided.
  • to The JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education website External Link
  • to Can-do website External Link
  • to Minna no Kyozai' website External Link
  • to Marugoto website External Link
  • to IRODORI Japanese for Life in Japan website External Link
  • to Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese website External Link
  • to Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin website
  • to Kokusai Koryu Kikin Nihongo Kyoiku Kiyo website
  • to The Japan Foundation Repository website External Link
  • to ひきだすにほんご Activate Your Japanese! website