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Courses and Events - Overseas Japanese Language Courses

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Courses for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

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

This programme provides 2-month and 5-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. The programme is open to those who are in a field of Japan-related humanities and social sciences, and who have a proficiency in Japanese of level JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. This is A2 level in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education.

Dates for FY 2022 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Results Notification: Late April 2022

Course dates:

  • 2 month course: Mid-January 2023 to Early-March 2023
  • 5 month course: Mid-July 2022 to Mid-December 2022

For further details on this programme either contact The Japan Foundation London 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.

There are three onsite courses for Fiscal Year 2022: "Basic Training Program", "Japanese-Language", and "Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program". There is one online course for Fiscal Year 2022, “Online Training Program”. The details are below.

Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This programme is a 6-months programme designed for teachers who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology, and deepen their knowledge of Japan.

This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, Japan. Open to those who have between 6 months' and 7 years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. This is Level A2 in the JFS or their equivalent. Applicants whose institutions are based in the United Kingdom and Ireland must bear their own travel expenses to Japan. Higher priority will be given to individuals aged 37 or under as of December 1, 2021.

Dates for FY 2022 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Results Notification: Within April 2022

Course dates:

  • 29 August 2022 – 24 February 2023 (tentative)

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

Japanese Language Programme for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This programme is a 6-week programme designed to provide an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skill which is necessary as teachers of Japanese-language. Open to those with more than 6-months of experience in teaching the Japanese-language as of December 1, 2021 (teaching practice and private lessons NOT included), and JLPT Level N4 or N5 (Level 3 or 4 of the old JLPT) or their equivalent. This is level A2 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS) or equivalent. Those who have the proficiency in Japanese higher than these levels are not expected for this programme. Applicants who have participated in a Japanese-language teacher onsite training programme conducted by the Japan Foundation or any other academic institutions in Japan for more than one month during the period from April 2016 to December 1 2021 are NOT eligible. Higher priority will be given to applicants aged 55 or under as of December 1, 2021. This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, Japan. Applicants whose institutions are based in the United Kingdom and Ireland must bear their own travel expenses to Japan.

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.

Dates for FY 2022 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Results Notification: Within April 2022

Course dates:

  • 4 July 2022 – 17 August 2022 (tentative)

Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This programme is a 6-week programme designed to provide an opportunity to improve teaching methodology. This programme will be conducted once per year in FY 2022. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese language skills. Open to those with more than two years of experience in teaching Japanese language as of December 1, 2021 (teaching practice and private lessons NOT included), and JLPT Level N3 or N5 (Level 2 of the old JLPT) or their equivalent. This is level B1 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS) or equivalent. Applicants who have participated in a Japanese-language teacher onsite training programme conducted by the Japan Foundation or any other academic institutions in Japan for more than one month during the period from April 2016 to December 1 2021 are NOT eligible. Recipients of the ‘Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute Executive Director’s Award’ of the ‘Long-Term Training Programme for teachers of the Japanese-Language’ will be exempted from this restriction. Higher priority will be given to applicants aged 55 or under as of December 1, 2021. This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, Japan. Applicants whose institutions are based in the United Kingdom and Ireland must bear their own travel expenses to Japan.

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.

Dates for FY 2022 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Results Notification: Within April 2022

Course dates:

  • 10 January 2023 – 23 February 2023 (tentative)

Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This programme is an online training programme for those currently working as Japanese-language teachers teaching outside of Japan to learn the theory and basic knowledge for teaching themes related to Japanese language teaching methods.

For FY 2022, we will provide six themes as follows: (1) "JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education", (2) "Teaching Spoken Interaction", (3) "Teaching Japanese Grammar", (4) "Japanese-Language Education and Culture", (5) "Teaching Writing" and (6) "Teaching Reading Comprehension".

Open to those with Japanese proficiency of JLPT Level N3 (Level 2 of the old JLPT) or their equivalent. This is level B1 in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JFS) or equivalent. Individuals with more than two years of experience in teaching Japanese language as of December 1, 2021 (teaching practice and private lessons NOT included).

Teachers who have employment relationship with the applying organization where it is agreed that they will continue to work after completing this program. Individuals who are not working at overseas educational organizations teaching Japanese language or are studying to become Japanese teachers at the time of application are NOT eligible.

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.

Dates for FY 2022 programme:

Application Deadline

  • First Term (Theme (1) – (2)): December 1 2021
  • Second Term (Theme (3) – (4)): February 20 2022
  • Third Term (Theme (5) – (6)): April 20, 2022

Results Notification

  • First Term (Theme (1) – (2)): Within March 2022
  • Second Term (Theme (3) – (4)): Within April 2022
  • Third Term (Theme (5) – (6)): Within June 2022

Course dates:

  • It depends on the themes. Please see the further details on the link above.