Contact Us Sitemap

What's On

Click to see what's on in these sections


The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening
Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015 new
Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015 new
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 2
Volunteer Japanese Teaching Opportunity at University of Edinburgh Training Day

The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening   org

Come and see the work of the winners of the Japan Foundation’s Japan Webpage Contest for Schools!

Twenty schools in the UK have developed webpages to highlight to highlight the Japan-related work they have been doing, and to share their love and enthusiasm for Japan throughout the world, as participants in the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools. Now, over six months after the contest opened, a panel of judges have selected the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes, while members of the public have voted on the winners of the Primary and Secondary Public Vote prizes. The winners in alphabetical order are:

We will reveal which schools have won which prizes at the Award Ceremony itself.

We are inviting members of the public to come to the Award Ceremony & Presentation Evening for the contest, to see the winning schools receive their prizes and present their website. You will also have the chance to meet with the teachers and students at the reception after the ceremony.

Click here to book your place

****

About the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools

This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website.

The tentative schedule for the webpage contest is as follows:

  • Deadline to enter the contest January 12th 2015
  • Short-listed schools announced Mid January 2015 
  • Online public voting February 2015
  • Announcement of contest winners Monday 2nd March 2015
  • Presentation Evening and Award Ceremony March 2015

Applications for this contest are now closed. For details on the Public Vote and Award Ceremony, please keep checking the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools website at www.japanwebpagecontest.org.uk


Date: 28 March 2015 from 2.30pm
Venue:

Room 642, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Download JWCS14-Flyer2sides(lowres)

This contest is supported by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the British Council, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Centre, JP BOOKS and the Japan Society.

Back to Top

Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese   org

Learn to express your love of music and talk about your favourite songs in Japanese!
In this two-day Japanese Plus course, you will learn how to confidently chat with friends about what makes a song special to you, and what meanings music has in your life. You will learn the Japanese vocabulary and expressions commonly used to talk about music and even have the opportunity to put your Japanese to real-life use by interacting with Japanese online music communities!

When: You can choose either the Wednesday Course (1st and 8th April) or the 
Thursday Course (2nd and 9th April), 18:30 – 20:30. Course content is the same each day.
Where: Bloomsbury International, 8 Southampton Place, Holborn, London. WC1A 2DB

When: You can choose either the Wednesday Course (1st and 8th April) or the Thursday Course (2nd and 9th April), 18:30 – 20:30. Course content is the same each day.
Where: Bloomsbury International (NOT Japan Foundation's office)
Participation fee:  £10.00 (includes all course handouts). Advance booking essential.
Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese.  It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an advanced level of Japanese (JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). 

Click here to book your place

About Japanese Plus
Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.

About Japanese Plus
Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.


Date: 1 April 2015 - 9 April 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Bloomsbury International, 8 Southampton Place, Holborn, London. WC1A 2DB

Back to Top

Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015   org

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5. Please download the attached documents below for full details.

You can read about the previous Nihongo Cup here.

Deadline to enter:  10th April 2015 (please note that this is an extended deadline; the former deadline is included in the application documents can be ignored)

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) with support from the Japan Foundation London.


Date: 19 March 2015 - 10 April 2015
Download Nihongo Cup Information and Application Forms
Back to Top

Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)   org

An exclusive opportunity to take part in the launch of a new A2 Elementary-level Japanese language and culture course at a special discount course rate...

The Japan Foundation Japanese Language and Culture Course (A2 Elementary Level) is a new kind of course for post-beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A2) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese. The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning website, www.MarugotoWeb.jp, as well as the chance to use your Japanese skills outside the classroom in the final lesson.

Fee: £50 for ten sessions, including course textbook and materials. This course is being held as part of a research programme for UK-based Japanese language teachers, which means that on certain sessions external teachers will be invited to observe and video the lesson. Because the course will not cover all content included in the textbook, the fee charged is intended only to cover expenses and materials. 

Click here to book your place

For more information and course timetable, please see the attached flier below.

A maximum of 15 people will be accepted on this course – first come, first served. 

Please note that participants on this course must have Starter (A1) level Japanese, including the ability to read and write hiragana and katakana and preferably some basic kanji. There will be a placement test before the course starts to determine your suitability.

Please note that participants on this course must have Starter (A1) level Japanese, including the ability to read and write hiragana and katakana and preferably some basic kanji. There will be a placement test before the course starts to determine your suitability.


Date: 15 April 2015 - 17 June 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation London

Download A2ElementaryPilot-Flyer
Back to Top

Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday 5th July 2015. It will be held at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.

  • If you wish to take the test at SOAS in London, please click here to apply via the SOAS website.  
  • If you wish to take the test at the University of Edinburgh, please click here to apply via the University of Edinburgh website. 

The deadline for applications will be Friday 10th April at 6:00pm or when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the JLPT please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 5 July 2015
Back to Top

J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015   org

This online course is for teachers with a basic level of Japanese who would like to build up their language skills. Through the course, you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.  This course is provided by the Japan Foundation Sydney.

Course fee:  A$130 - A$190 (depending on stage) 

Who can sign up?
Any teacher residing in the UK, Australia or New Zealand who has a basic knowledge of Japanese, and can read hiragana and katakana.

What level of Japanese is it suitable for?
Four stages are available. We recommend you take the “level check test” to make sure you choose the best level for you. Stage 1 (the easiest) is suitable for those who know hiragana and katakana.  Stage 4 (the hardest) is about the same level as N5 (old Level 4) of the JLPT.

How does the course work?
Every week a new unit is uploaded. You will work through the unit at your own pace, and then complete your homework by the end of each week. Your homework will be marked and returned to you with helpful advice and comments from our Japanese Language Advisor. 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I have really enjoyed it, the course content is useful as covers all areas of the Japanese language i.e. speaking, listening, reading, writing – lots of writing practice which is a challenge but good practice!”

“I really, really like the Production task, especially as you get some prompt feedback from the Language Advisor. Brilliant!”

 2015 Dates 

  • Term 1 February 2 March 27
    Term 2 May 4 June 26
    Term 3 August 3 September 25
    Term 4 19 October December 11
    Term 1 February 2 - March 27
  • Term 2 May 4- June 26
  • Term 3 August - 3 September 25
  • Term 4 19 October - December 11
Session 1: 3 February – 28 March 2014
Session 2: 31 March – 23 May 2014
Session 3: 26 May – 18 July 2014
Session 4: 21 July – 12 September 2014
Session 5: 15 September– 7 November 2014

Session 6: 24 November 2014 -23 January 2015

 

 For more information and to enrol, please go to http://www.jpf.org.au/jbasic


Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
Back to Top

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 2   org

Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan and to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning websiteThis course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 2 Dates: 15th January 2015 – 19th March 2015 (every Thursday)19:00 - 21:00
  • Course Leader: Mr Shinichiro Okajima, SOAS Language Centre
  • Venue: SOAS, University of London 
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

I liked the pace of the course and was surprised we learned hiragana and katakana [Japanese writing] so quickly. As it was an introductory course, I felt the balance was right for people who were complete beginners  and self-studying students like myself who had a little bit of language under my belt already. I certainly feel, after learning about ordering food, that I would be able to do this in Japan.” - JP Rutter, former course participant.

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website. Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

For full information about the course timetable, future term dates etc. please download the flier below.


Date: 15 January 2015 - 19 March 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
Back to Top

Volunteer Japanese Teaching Opportunity at University of Edinburgh Training Day   JPsupported

The University of Edinburgh is holding a training day for those interested at teaching Japanese at schools on a voluntary basis. The training will be led by the Japan Foundation's Chief Japanese Language Advisor Makoto Netsu.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr Yoko Matsumoto-Sturt of the University of Edinburgh at Yoko.Matsumoto-Sturt@ed.ac.uk.

Please note that this is NOT connected to the Japan Foundation's Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme, although JTS volunteers are very welcome to attend! 


Date: 30 March 2015 from 4.00pm
Venue:

7 Bristo Square, Lecture Theatre 4 (Room G.15)

http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/

Back to Top