Teaching and Learning Resources

Wherever possible we have tried to credit the creators of all resources featured here. You can download them and use them instantly with your class, or adjust them to your needs.

The Japan Foundation welcomes your feedback on the resources featured on the website. Please email your comments to info.language@jpf.org.uk. Please note we cannot guarantee the quality of resources made by other creators. If you would like to share your own teaching ideas with members of the Japanese teaching community in the UK please click here.

In addition to this, you may find the resources in our Library useful.

Resources created by the Japan Foundation

Resources funded by the Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme

Featured Websites

MARUGOTO+

MARUGOTO+

MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture alongside the contents of "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture", a coursebook which uses the JF Standard as a basis. Users can practice real-life Japanese while watching videos that help deepen understanding of actual everyday situations, in order to achieve various 'Can-do' goals.

Erin's Challenge

Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese

A growing number of young people are studying Japanese language because they are attracted to Japan's "cool" culture. For these young people, the Japan Foundation has developed the series "Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese." The programme features mini-dramas by up-and-coming actors together with clear and fun explanation by animated characters. In addition to language study, the programme is designed to help learners develop an attitude conducive to cultural understanding.

Erin's Challenge is available to view free online at www.erin.ne.jp and is also available as a DVD and textbook set in the UK from JP-Books and Japan Centre.

Japanese in Anime and Manga

Japanese in Anime and Manga

The purpose of this site is to give Japanese learners and anime/manga fans from all over the world an opportunity to learn Japanese in an enjoyable way, using the anime and manga they enjoy as a gateway to their studies. The site to deepen learners' understanding of the Japanese language and culture, and to give an added incentive to study.

Ready Steady NihonGO!



Ready Steady NihonGO!

Ready Steady NihonGO! is a unique scheme of work for teaching Japanese at Key Stage 2. It was produced jointly by Japan 21 (now the Japan Society) and the Japan Foundation London. The scheme comprises ten structured 45-minute lessons, with comprehensive teachers' notes, National Curriculum Links and a set of accompanying Culture Notes. The course is available free online from the link above. A CD-ROM version is also available from the Japan Society.

力CHIKARA Japanese Teaching Resources for Secondary Schools



力CHIKARA Japanese Teaching Resources for Secondary Schools

CHIKARA is a comprehensive set of teaching resources to support the GCSE curriculum. The resources are designed for students to learn the structure of Japanese language and to practise the language learnt in a communicative setting.

JF Standard for Japanese Language Education

JF Standard for Japanese Language Education

JF Standard is a tool to help Japanese teachers consider how Japanese can be taught, and how learners' achievements can be assessed.

NIHONGO e-na Portal for Learning Japanese

NIHONGO e-na Portal for Learning Japanese

The site features various websites and online tools useful for studying Japanese, and aims to provide support for learners from all over the world who are looking for fun ways to study.

Minna no Kyozai Site


Minna no Kyozai Site

Minna no Kyozai is a website for Japanese-language teachers around the world create suitable teaching materials for their students. It features resources, a forum and advice on creating effective learning materials.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The official website of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), featuring test guides, sample questions, resource lists and more.

Lingu@net Worldwide

Lingu@net Worldwide

Lingu@net Worldwide is a portal site leading to information and links to excellent online resources relating to the teaching and learning of any language. There are over 150 Japanese related sites and it is possible to view the interface in Japanese.

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Script

Japanese handwriting fonts

  • Created by Tadashi Sakai, Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Hiragana and katakana table

Hiragana Practice Mat

Created by Tadashi Sakai, Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Katakana Practice Mat

Created by Tadashi Sakai, Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Genkou Youshi Wizard Template

For creating Word documents with Japanese written in vertical columns.

Hiragana Chart

Created by Anne Rajakumar

Katakana Chart

Created by Anne Rajakumar

Kanji practice

Created by Miho Takamura, Japan Foundation London

Other Resources

You may also be able to find other resources for teaching and studying Japanese script at Nihongo e na , Minna no Kyozai Site and Ling@net Worldwide

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Primary

Ready, Steady, NihonGO!

Extensive research into the Primary languages field in general and Japanese provision in particular provided the foundation for the Ready Steady NihonGO! Primary Japanese Course, a unique scheme of work for teaching Japanese at KS2, produced by the Japan Foundation London and Japan Society. The scheme comprises ten 45 minute lessons designed to be delivered by a Japanese native speaker teacher working with the class teacher. Each lesson is clearly structured, with comprehensive teachers' notes, National Curriculum Links and a set of accompanying Culture Notes. The course has been hugely popular during two successful trial periods with teachers and pupils alike who enjoyed the experience of working with an unusual language.
Ready Steady NihonGO! is available to use online from the Japan Society website.

A CD version is also available. See the Japan Society website for more information and to order your copy.

JFL Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft version of our Scheme of work for Key Stage 2 Japanese, designed for use in primary schools.

The first resource of its kind for Primary Japanese, this Scheme of Work is designed to meet the requirements of the KS2 Framework for Languages and has been based on Schemes of Work created for French. Packed with lesson plans, supplementary resources, target vocabulary and teaching tips, this Scheme of Work will give teachers of Japanese at primary level all they need to hold effective, engaging and enjoyable Japanese lessons.

This launch of the draft version marks the beginning of the trial phase of the document. We encourage Primary School teachers of Japanese to download this document and use it in your lessons or Japanese club. We would be extremely grateful if you could send any feedback from this document to the Japan Foundation, at info.language@jpf.org.uk. Your feedback will contribute to the future development of the complete version of the Japanese scheme of work.

Click here to download the JFL Japanese Scheme of Work for KS2

Primary Japanese Campaign

From September 2014, it will be compulsory for primary schools maintained in England to teach a foreign language of their choosing to Key Stage 2 pupils. In response to this, the Japan Foundation have launched the Primary Japanese Campaign 2014, in order to support primary schools and teachers offering, or aspiring to offer, Japanese language lessons for their pupils.

Click here to read more about the campaign, and how you can join in.

Resources for Primary Japanese

A Japan Foundation compiled list of useful publications for teaching primary level Japanese, which are all available from our library.

Other Resources

You may also be able to find other resources for teaching and studying primary Japanese at Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese, Nihongo e na, MARUGOTO+, Minna no Kyozai Site and Ling@net Worldwide.

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GCSE

Some of these resources may also be useful for other entry level Japanese language qualifications and exams, including IB Ab Initio, ABC Awards and WJEC.

力CHIKARA Japanese Teaching Resources for Secondary Schools
CHIKARA is a comprehensive set of teaching resources to support the GCSE curriculum. The resources are designed for students to learn the structure of Japanese language and to practise the language learnt in a communicative setting.

List of Resources for GCSE
A Japan Foundation compiled list of useful publications for teaching GCSE, which are all available from our library.

GCSE vocabulary booklet
Made by Tadashi Sakai , Wolverhampton Girls' High School

GCSE Japanese speaking resources (including sound files) (Based on the 2003 Specification)
Developed by Tile Hill Wood school

GCSE Picture Kanji cards (Based on the 2003 Specification)

GCSE Kanji cards worksheet (Based on the 2003 Specification)

AJALT Japanese For Young People: teacher's manual

New GCSE Kanji Cards
Based on the new GCSE specification. Created by Mitsue Arai, based on 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the GCSE Japanese Exam Kanji' by Anne Rajakumar

GCSE Japanese Listening Practice Files
These files include sound files and accompanying worksheets designed for practicing the Listening component of GCSE Japanese. Created by Kita no Kai.

Basic Worksheets for GCSE and WJEC
Including numbers, colours and verbs

Other Resources

You may also be able to find other resources for teaching and studying GCSE Japanese at Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese, Nihongo e na, MARUGOTO+, Minna no Kyozai Site and Ling@net Worldwide.

Click here for information about the Japanese GCSE Exam

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GCE (AS & A2)

Some of these resources may also be useful for standard and higher level IB.

List of Resources for A Levels
A Japan Foundation compiled list of useful publications for teaching AS and A2, which are all available from our library.

Reading materials for AS Japanese - Motto Yomu Chikara
This project has produced three units of reading materials to complement the current 'Chikara for Reading' resources already available from the Japan Foundation. These new materials provide reading texts and grammar exercises along with cultural information to help students bridge the gap between GCSE and AS level. The trial version of this resource has been completed and over 60 CDs have seen sent out to teachers of AS Japanese. Created by Greenford High School.

AS kanji list (based on the old specification) (Excel)
Created by Tadashi Sakai, Wolverhampton Girls' High School. A PDF version is available here

A2 kanji list (based on the old specification)
Created by Tadashi Sakai, Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Other Resources

You may also be able to find other resources for teaching and studying AS Japanese at Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese, Nihongo e na, Minna no Kyozai Site and Ling@net Worldwide.

Click here for information about the Japanese AS and A2 Exam

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Higher Education & Adult Education

Lists of kanji and grammar from the textbooks used most frequently at the initial stages of university-level Japanese courses in the UK can be downloaded below:

Marugoto

Marugoto: Japanese language and culture is a new textbook based upon the Japan Foundation's JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education. The book is mainly targeted at adult learners of Japanese overseas, although it may also be used for secondary education.

Marugoto is designed in such a way that Japanese language and culture can be studied together. It aims to increase communicative skill and responds to the needs of learners who desire to become able to speak in Japanese in as short a time as possible. Through useful topics, audio learning materials and full-colour photographs and illustrations that let you get a glimpse of Japanese life and culture, its possible to rapidly deepen learners interest in Japan and Japanese language. This book allows learners around the world to feel the joy of using Japanese and steadily increasing what they can do in the language.

Information about the Marugoto textbooks can be found here. Additionally, there is also a supplementary website, Marugoto+, in whichsers can practice real-life Japanese while watching videos that help deepen understanding of actual everyday situations, in order to achieve various 'Can-do' goals.

Other Resources

You may also be able to find other resources for teaching and studying Higher Japanese at Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese, Nihongo e na, Minna no Kyozai Site and Ling@net Worldwide.

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Other Resources

Japanese Step-by-Step: The complete guide for schools & teachers starting Japanese classes
This step-by-step guide outlines how you can get Japanese language classes up and running at your school, be they taught as an extra-curricular or club activity, or fully integrated into the school curriculum or main school timetable.

Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese DVD

DVD version of our popular Erin's Challenge! online resource.

Available in the Japan Foundation library, or to buy from JP Books (click here for more information on Japanese book shops).

Japanese Language Homestay Pack
A guide for young learners with lots of useful phrases for doing a homestay with a Japanese-speaking family. This book was produced in 2001 by the Japan Foundation London Language Centre and the Japan Festival Education Trust.

Japanese Reward Stickers
These stickers have been designed by the Japan Foundation London for teachers to print out on label paper and give to their students. The label template used is Avery L7163.

"Why Japanese Is Sugoi" Infographic
This fun inforgraphic contains fascinating facts about what makes learning about Japan and Japanese so worthwhile. The download includes a .gif format infographic that can be shared easily online via email, social media etc, as well as a print-friendly .pdf file that can be printed to A3 size and used as a poster.

Sudoku Puzzles

Assorted resources and Scheme of Work for Year 9 Japanese
Created by Tom Lockley, Meadowhead School. You will need ActiveSoftware to open the ActivStudio files. If you do not already have this, you can download this free Flipchart Viewer.

Tanabata Kamishibai and Resources
Includes introduction to Tanabata, script, vocabulary, worksheets and tanzaku strips. The tanabata song with lyrics can be viewed here.

Archives of Mado
Mado is the former newsletter of the Japan Foundation London Language Centre. These archives include useful teachers' pages.

Class Acts
This excellent video created for Japan 2001 documents success stories from the UK Japanese classroom and demonstrates best practice in teaching Japanese in the UK secondary sector.

Feedback on Class Acts

  • Very useful to improve teaching and learning and to lobby for more support for the language."
  • One of the best tools for professional development I have ever seen."
  • We needed Class Acts - wonderful in content and timing.

Eligibility
If you are teaching at a UK school and are thinking of offering Japanese you may be eligible to receive a free copy of Class Acts. For more information please email info.language@jpf.org.uk

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The Japan Foundation London Japanese Language Advisors

The Japan Foundation team of Japanese Language Advisors are working to support you with their extensive experience of teaching Japanese. They will be happy to advise you on any issues related to Japanese language education in the UK.

You can make an appointment to visit them at the Japan Foundation by emailing info.language@jpf.org.uk.

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