Training Programs

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 FY2021, we provide theme 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”.

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


Duration

  1. A: April 1 (Thursday), 2021 –May 7, 2021 (Friday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live session: First session on Thursday, other sessions on Tuesdays 10:00 AM JST.
    B: July 1 (Thursday), 2021 – August 4, 2021 (Wednesday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Thursdays 4:00 PM JST, July 22 excluded.
  2. A: May 6 (Tuesday), 2021 – June 16 (Wednesday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Thursdays 4:00 PM JST.
    B: August 3 (Tuesday), 2021 – September 13 (Monday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Tuesdays 10:00 AM JST.
  3. A: June 1 (Tuesday), 2021 – July 12 (Monday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Tuesdays 10:00 AM JST.
    B: September 2 (Thursday), 2021 – October 20 (Wednesday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Thursdays 4:00 PM JST.
  4. October 5 (Tuesday), 2021 – November 15 (Monday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Tuesdays 10:00 AM JST.
  5. November 4 (Thursday), 2021 – December 15 (Wednesday), 2021 (tentative)
    *Live Session: Thursdays 4:00 PM JST.

Eligibility

  1. Individuals who teach Japanese language at overseas educational organization (Individuals who are Japanese nationals may participate in this program.).
  2. Individuals with more than 2 years of experience in teaching Japanese language.
  3. Japanese Proficiency: Individuals who have a proficiency in Japanese as either of the following at the time of application;
    1. a. Theme (1) to (3)
      1. (a) Level N3 in the JLPT, Level 2 of the old JLPT, or their equivalent.
      2. (b) Level B1 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS) or their equivalent.
    2. b. Theme (4) to (5)
      1. (a) Level N2 in the JLPT, Level 2 of the old JLPT, or their equivalent.
      2. (b) Level B2 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS) or their equivalent.
  4. Higher priority will be given to applicants aged 59 or under.

※Please refer to the application instructions for other conditions.


Description of the Program

This program is an on-line 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. All the programs consist of pre-study and live sessions. In the pre-study phase, participants study and work by themselves using newly prepared learning materials by the JFJLI. In the live sessions, participants review and deepen the contents of the theme through on-line discussions with JFJLI and other participants from around the world.

  1. (1) "JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education"
    The purpose of this theme is to provide participants with an understanding of the basic concepts characteristics of "JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education". After pre-study using on-demand learning materials (videos), participants review the contents of the theme in live sessions and deepen their understanding through online discussions.
  2. (2) "Japanese Language Education and Culture"
    The purpose of this theme is to deepen participants’ understanding of culture characteristics, cross-cultural competences, meaning, and methods of integrating cultural understanding into Japanese language education. After pre-study using on-demand learning materials (videos), participants review the contents of the theme in live sessions and deepen their understanding through online discussions.
  3. (3) "Teaching Reading Comprehension"
    The purpose of this theme is to provide participants with an understanding of the theories of reading and basic methods of reading instruction. After pre-study using on-demand learning materials (videos), participants review the contents of the theme and then discuss ideas and problem-solving in live sessions aiming at conducting effective reading comprehension classes.
  4. (4) "Rethinking of Teaching Japanese Grammar"
    The purpose of this theme is to increase participants’ variation in teaching grammar and to help them think about what and how to teach in their own classes. Participants discuss and deepen their understanding of grammar and grammar education, referencing pre-tasks given before classes.
  5. (5) "Teaching Business Japanese: Understanding Learner’s Needs" The purpose of this theme is to provide participants with an understanding of the importance for learners and graduates of your course to find out what kind of Japanese language is used when working in Japan. Participants discuss with each other referencing pre-task given before classes.

  • 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