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Training Programme for Japanese Language Education in Europe in Alsace

The Japan Foundation in Paris (MCJP) and the Site du Centre europeen d'Etudes japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA or 欧州日本学研究所) invites applications for the 2017 Training Programme for Teachers of Japanese, which will take place in Paris (in France) in July 2017. The training course is designed to promote Japanese language education in Europe.

There are three themes for this year’s course:
「異文化間リテラシー教育」x「アクティブ・ラーニング」x「学びの全身化」
Multicultural Education literacy, Active learning, and Learning through the Whole Body

Attendees: 15 places available those who meet the below requirements from any of the following countries:

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican.

Applications from native speakers are welcome.

The 2017 Training Programme has now finished.

Requirements for attendees:

* As all lectures will be held in Japanese, participants who are not native speakers of Japanese must be N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), or B1 level of the JF Standard or above.

You need to be one of the following:

  1. A student enrolled in a Higher Education institution in Europe (We will prioritise students who specialise in Japanese language education.)
  2. Teachers of Japanese working in European institutions (We will prioritise teachers who are involved in planning and facilitating Japanese classes.)

After the course, you must share the results of your training at teachers events here in the UK

Costs: The organisers will cover the costs of the training, accommodation, breakfast and lunch

Attendees will need to pay for their own evening meals, accommodation and for their transport costs**.

** As a general rule, you will need to cover the first 200 Euros of your travel expenses, then the organisers will supplement costs above this.

For the schedule, maps and further details on how to apply please download the document below

Please click here for further information and to apply for the course.


Courses for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

Programme for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields - Kansai, Japan

This programme provides 2-month and 6-month residential language courses for specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum and art gallery curators, etc.) who need to improve their Japanese for academic or professional purposes. Courses take place at our Japanese-Language Institute in Kansai, Japan. Tuition, accommodation and meals are included in the programme but applicants bear their own return travel expenses to Japan. The programme is open to those who are in a field of Japan-related humanities and social sciences, who are aged under 40, and who have a proficiency in Japanese of level JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 on the programme list on our Tokyo site (TBC)
  • Application Deadline:  Early December 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • 2 month course: June 2019 to August 2019 (TBC)
  • 6 month course: October 2019 to April 2020 (TBC)

Number of grants / applicants in 2017 (worldwide): 36 / 98 (two month course = 16 participants, six month course = 20 participants)

For further details on this programme either contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

Courses for Teachers of Japanese in Japan

The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute in Urawa organises several training programmes for teachers of Japanese. The eligibility, length of courses and content is different for each programme. For more information and to download an application form, please visit the Japan Foundation head office's website. Click here for English and click here for Japanese.

Training Programs for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-Language - Urawa, Japan

Short Term Course: This 2-month course allows non-native speaking Japanese teachers to improve their Japanese language skills and methodology through an intensive programme of lectures on language and culture. Open to those under 55 who have at least 2 years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT level N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. Applicants must bear their own return travel expenses to Japan.

*Both course are designed for teachers engaged in higher and adult education, and for teachers engaged in primary and secondary education, who teach younger children

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 (TBC)
  • Application Deadline:  Early December 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • Summer Course: June 2019 – August 2019 (TBC)
  • Winter Course: January 2020 – March 2020 (TBC)

Number of participants in 2017 (worldwide): 70 / 221

Long-Term Course:
This 6-month course allows non-native speaking Japanese teachers to improve their Japanese language skills and methodology through an intensive programme of lectures on language and culture. Open to those under 35 who have between 6 months' and 5 years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. Applicants must bear their own return travel expenses to Japan.

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 (TBC)
  • Application Deadline:  Early December 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • September 2019 – March 2020 (TBC)

Number of participants / applicants in 2017 (worldwide): 41 / 123

Training Programme for Teachers of Japanese on a Specific Theme
This programme will deepen your knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme. Open to both native and non-native teachers of Japanese who are under 55, have over three years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT N2 (level 2 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • Course 1 (Theme TBC): May 2019 – July 2019 (TBC)
  • Course 2 (Theme TBC): November 2019 – December 2019 (TBC)

Number of participants / applicants in 2017: 17 / 36

Project Based Training for Teachers of Japanese
This programme is for up to three participants who are engaged in a project, facing challenges such as curriculum development or creation of teaching materials. The course will improve their specialist knowledge and techniques in order to help complete their project. Open to both native and non-native teachers of Japanese who are under 55, have over five years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT N1 (level 1 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • Three to ten weeks during the period between June 2019 to February 2020 (TBC).

Graduate Programme on Japanese Language and Culture (Master's Course) - Urawa, Japan
An opportunity for teachers of Japanese to complete a one-year master's course in Japanese language education. Open to non-Japanese nationals aged under 44 with at least 2 years' experience in Japanese language education, and JLPT N1 (level 1 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. UK applicants are welcome to apply, but please note that the UK is not a priority country for this programme.

Applications for FY 2018-19 are now closed.

Tentative dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications Available: Autumn 2018 (TBC)

Course dates:

  • September 2019 – September 2020 (TBC)

Number of participants / applicants in 2017 (worldwide): 3 / 3

For more information please visit the Japan Foundation head office's website. Click here for English and click here for Japanese.