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Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2015
D.I.Y. Japanese Club! Extra-Curricular Japanese Resources & Ideas Sharing Workshop new
Japan Foundation at Bristol Anime Con
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme 2015 Training Day for Volunteers
The Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level)
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015

Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2015   org

Come and see the Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2015!

Language Show Live is the UK’s largest language event and the show for those who offer products and services to language teachers, learners, translators, linguists, language professionals and businesses. This year, the Japan Foundation are giving visitors more chances than ever before to learn about Japanese language and culture. Our attractions will include:

The Japan Foundation Information Stand 
When: 16th – 18th October (Fri-Sun) 2015
Where: Olympia Central, Hammersmith Road, London (Stand no. 709)   
Packed full of information about studying and teaching Japanese in the UK, our stand will be staffed with members of Japan Foundation who would be delighted to give you advice on your Japanese studies. Our stand will also include:

  • A Japan Quiz, with the chance to win a goody bag full of Japan Foundation exclusive gifts
  • A name-writing corner – make your own Japanese name sticker!
  • Free little gifts to take home with you
  • The stand will be shared with JP Books, a supplier of Japanese books including learning resources for Japanese language.

Seminar: “How teaching Japanese can enrich a multi-lingual approach in primary school” with Catherine Rodrigues 
When: Friday 16 October, 10.30 - 11.15
A case study of a UK primary school's mission to embed global learning into the curriculum by introducing a multi-lingual approach including Japanese. A language graduate, Catherine Rodrigues worked in the travel industry before becoming a primary school teacher eight years ago.  She has recently introduced a multi-lingual approach at her primary school in Berkshire.  She was awarded Primary Language Teacher of the Year 2015 by the Association for Language Learning (ALL).  

Japanese Language taster 
When:  Saturday 17 October 13:30-14:00
Experience Japanese language first hand by taking a taster lesson!

Presentation: “Teaching Primary Languages & Culture through Kami-shibai – Traditional Japanese Storytelling”
When:  Sunday 18 October 13.15 to 13.45
Kami-shibai (“paper drama”) is a traditional form of storytelling in Japan, in which the storyteller uses large pictures to engage the audience and aid their understanding. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how kami-shibai can be used to make the learning of any language fun and effective, in addition to inspiring pupils’ creativity and cultural awareness. The presentation will include examples of how kami-shibai has been used to teach language and other subjects in UK schools, as well as a bilingual kami-shibai performance that we hope all audience members, young and old, can enjoy!

Don’t miss out on the UK’s biggest languages event – click here for more information and to book your place (entrance is free if registered in advance)!

Date: 16 October 2015 - 18 October 2015 from 10.00am

Olympia Central – Level 2, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX (Stand No. 709) 

For more information, please click here.
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D.I.Y. Japanese Club! Extra-Curricular Japanese Resources & Ideas Sharing Workshop   org

Have you ever thought of starting up extra-curricular Japanese lessons but weren’t sure where to start?

Or are you running a Japanese Club and are looking for new ideas to inspire your pupils?

At this workshop, the Japan Foundation will give teachers the opportunity to learn more about developing extra-curricular Japanese lessons and Japan Clubs, by hearing directly from school teachers who are running their own successful extra-curricular Japanese language and culture lessons. You will also be able to receive resources that they can use themselves in their lessons, as well as take part in fun demonstrations of teaching plans and activities created by the Japan Foundation in order to inspire your own ideas for creating or enhancing your Japanese club.

This event will be held in English.

Click here to book your place

Date: 29 October 2015 from 2.00pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, London WC1R 4RL

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Japan Foundation at Bristol Anime Con   org

Following our appearance at London Anime Con, Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at Bristol Anime Con organised by Animeleague.

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 at

Date: 3 October 2015

Future Inns Bristol, BS1 3EN

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Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme 2015 Training Day for Volunteers   org

We are delighted to announce that our next Training Day for existing and prospective volunteers of our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place this November!

About the JTS Programme

Can you speak Japanese? Are you keen to promote the language to young people around the UK? If so, the Japan Foundation needs YOU!

JTS volunteers carry out school visits across the UK to introduce students at any level to the Japanese language. One of the main purposes of JTS is to give schools that do not teach Japanese the opportunity to find out what it is like to learn the language and to provide them with further information should they wish to start offering Japanese.

By joining the JTS Programme you will be a member of a UK-wide network of over 300 Japanese speakers who are keen to visit schools on a one-shot basis to carry out Japanese language tasters. JTS is as big a time commitment as you want it to be. If you are have time to spare, are keen and enthusiastic, it is a great opportunity to get some teaching experience.

You can read more about the JTS Programme here.

JTS Volunteer Training Day

Our JTS Volunteer Training Days are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have.  Those who are not yet members of JTS but are interested in joining are also welcome to sign up for the training day.  You can read about our last Training Day, held in September 2014, here.

You can download the provisional timetable for this November Training Day below.

How to apply for the Training Day

To register, please click here to use our online application form.

If you are not yet a member of JTS, please click here for more information about the programme and to complete a membership application form.

Please note that this is event is free, but prior booking for this event is essential for all attendees. 

The training day will be held in both Japanese and English. A good understanding of both Japanese and English is required to take part in the Training Day and the JTS Programme.

Date: 16 November 2015 from 1.00pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL

Download JTS 11-2015 Training Day Programme
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The Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes including a return air ticket to Japan! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 27th February 2016 at SOAS, University of London.

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland. The contest is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation, London.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland. Postgraduate students are not eligible. Candidates with Japanese parents are welcome to apply. Please see our websites for full eligibility criteria. Please note that First Prize winners from previous years will not be able to enter the same category again this year. There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category: Students take part in this category as individuals, and are free to choose their speech topic. The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a including an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: 10th November 2015
Click here to download application form 

2. Individual Presentation Category: Students take part in this category as individuals. The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 24th November 2015
Click here to download application form 

3. Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 1st December 2015
Click here to download application form 

Please see the files below for contest poster, FAQ and application forms for each category.

Date: 15 September 2015 - 1 December 2015
Download 2015_ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category
Download 2015_ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category
Download 2015_FAQ
Download 2015_ApplicationForm-Speech_Category
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download speech_students2016_A3poster_final
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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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Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level)   org

The Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners 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. The course does not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture is also an important element in the lessons.

This course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations, and to really connect with Japanese society.

"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." - JP Rutter, previous course participant

  • Term 1 Dates: 6th October 2013 – 8th December 2015  (every Tuesday), 19:00 - 21:00
  • Venue: SOAS Language Centre, 22 Russell Square, London. WC1H 0XG
  • Course Fee: £330 per ten-week term, including course textbook and materials 

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website.

Date: 6 October 2015 - 8 December 2015 from 7.00pm
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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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