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Primary Japanese - resources sharing workshop
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2015
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2015 new
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
Japan Foundation at Animeleague Conventions
Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento!
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015

Primary Japanese - resources sharing workshop   org

In this free workshop, primary school teachers at all levels of Japanese proficiency will share teaching materials and ideas that can inspire their pupils.

Resource Sharing:
This event will bring together primary teachers of Japanese to share their ideas about what went well with their Japanese teaching over the last year. There will be information about how teachers have used the scheme of work, how they improved the resources, what worked best, as well as introduce other useful resources or ideas that they have tried in their classes.

The Japan Foundation Scheme of Work for Primary Schools:
This event will also introduce new resources that can be used alongside the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2 – for Year 4s.  This will help give teachers of Japanese information and ideas to continue teaching Japanese for the second year.

The resources follow the Japan Foundation Japanese Scheme of Work for Primary Schools, which is packed full of lesson plans, resources and exciting and fun ideas for teaching primary-level Japanese to Year 3 and Year 4 pupils. These teaching materials have been created by the Japan Foundation’s Chief Language Advisor Makoto Netsu, and have been tested with two classes of Year 4 pupils at Southfield Primary School. Participants will additionally have access to exclusive draft versions of the resources, and Mr Netsu will give explanations about how he has used them, and how they might be adapted for other primary Japanese classes. The resources themselves include worksheets, plans, activities, games etc. We would also love to hear what you think of the Scheme of work so far. Please click here to tell us more!

Timetable (provisional and subject to change):
10:00 – 10:10  Introduction, greetings
10:10 – 11:40  Resource Sharing - Catherine Duke, Yoko Leedham and Helen Morris
11:40 – 12:10  Differentiation in Primary Japanese lessons - Marina Sereda-Linley
12:10 – 13:10  Lunch
13:10 – 14:10  Introducing the JF Scheme of Work for Year 4 - Makoto Netsu
14:10 – 14:40  Introduction to support from Japan Foundation - Josephine Austin
14:40 – 15:00  Q&A, Evaluation and extra time to share ideas

Cost of your travel to London: 
We are keen to include primary teachers of Japanese from all over the UK, so we will be able to make a contribution to help cover the costs of your travel to London for this event. We will cover the costs of second class train tickets over £15, upto £80. You will need to cover the first £15, but we will cover the rest. For example, if your ticket costs £69, we will cover £54 of the costs. Please ask for a receipt when you book your ticket and bring it with you to this event.

Date: 8 September 2015 from 10.00am

UCL Institute of Education 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

To sign up for this event click here. 

This course is for teachers of any level of Japanese that would like some hints about how to get started and how to use the Japan Foundation Scheme of work for Key Stage 2 Japanese language lessons.

Spaces on this course are limited. Priority will be given to teachers or trainee teachers employed by a primary school. 

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2015   org

Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at Japan Matsuri, London's annual festival of Japanese culture.

Come to our stand for freebies, our Japan Quiz, information about learning more Japanese language and culture, or just to say "konnichiwa!"

More information about the event can be found here.

Date: 19 September 2015 from 10.00am

Trafalgar Square, London

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2015   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday, 6th December 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 Thursday October 1st at 17:00 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: 15 August 2015 - 1 October 2015
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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

Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
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Japan Foundation at Animeleague Conventions   org

Following our appearance at London Anime Con, Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at a number of conventions organised by Animeleague across the UK:


  • August 22nd – Cardiff Anime Con

  • September 5th – Alcon 2015 (Leicester)

  • October 3rd – Bristol Anime Con

    We'll be holding an information stand, giving Japanese language tasters and more! 

    Come and see us to find out more about studying Japanese! You can book your ticket by following the links above.

    Date: 22 August 2015 - 3 October 2015
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    Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento!   org

    **PLEASE NOTE: This event is now fully booked. All further applications will be placed on a waiting list**

    Japanese from Scratch workshops are held by the Japan Foundation for those who are interested in learning Japanese but haven't started yet, or those who have just started learning Japanese. In September’s workshop, you can get a taste of the Japanese language while discovering the fascinating culture of bento – Japanese boxed meals!

    The culture of making meals in bento boxes has existed for centuries in Japan, and continues to be popular in modern society. In recent years, bento have attracted worldwide attention for their practicality, creativity and attractive nature.

    In this workshop, you will have the chance to learn:

    • All about Japan’s culture of bento and the characteristics of a typical bento meal

    • How to talk about your favourite food in Japanese  

    • Essential Japanese language skills for dining in Japan

    We hope this event will give participants a taste for studying more Japanese language, and a craving to visit Japan themselves!

    When: 8th or 9th September 2015 (Content is the same each day),  19:00 – 20:30   

    Participation Fee: £5.00

    Click here to register your place

    **PLEASE NOTE: This event is now fully booked. All further applications will be placed on a waiting list**

    Date: 8 September 2015 - 9 September 2015 from 7.00pm

    Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 

    Photo credits: gamene (centre, bottom right), Keiichi Yas (top right), Melanie M (bottom left), via

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    Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015   org

    As part of the Japan Foundation’s Primary Japanese Campaign to support and encourage primary schools teaching Japanese language, we will be giving 20 primary head teachers the opportunity to take a study trip to Japan from Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October on the Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015. 

    The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as visits to Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses. You can see a report about last year’s tour here and you can see photos of the tour here.

    We are looking for sign-ups from headteachers in primary schools that fit any one of the criteria below (1-3.) If your school’s head teacher is unable to join us on this tour, we can accept applications to send deputy headteachers in their place.  However, please ask your headteacher to fill in the application for you as we will only accept applications through headteachers. The Japan Foundation reserves the right to choose which schools will participate in this programme.

    1. Primary schools that are interested in introducing Japanese onto their main curriculum. 
    2. Primary schools that are interesting in providing extracurricular activities (Japanese clubs)
    3. Primary schools that already teach Japanese that would like to share their ideas with other schools in their area and spread the teaching of Japanese to other schools.  

    We are no longer accepting applications for this programme. We will invite participants within the next week.

    Date: 24 October 2015 - 31 October 2015

    Please click here to register your interest. Deadline for applications is 15th July 2015.

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