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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. Tuition, accommodation and meals are included in the programme but applicants bear their own travel expenses to 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. Individuals who are the age of 39 or under as of 1 December 2020 will be given higher priority.

Dates for FY 2021-22 programme:

Application Deadline: 1 December 2020

Course dates:

  • 2 month course: Mid-January 2022 to Early-March 2022
  • 5 month course: Mid-July 2021 to Mid-December 2021

Number of grants / applicants in 2020 (worldwide): 24 / 70

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 courses: "Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language", "Japanese language Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language", and "Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language". The details are below.

Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This 6-month course allows non-native speaking Japanese teachers to improve their Japanese language skills and methodology through an intensive programme of lectures on language and culture. This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, Japan. Open to those who have between 6 months' and 5 years' Japanese teaching experience, and JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent. Applicants must bear their own travel expenses to Japan. Higher priority will be given to individuals aged 35 or under as of 1 December 2020.

Dates for FY 2021-22 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2020
  • Results Notification: April 2021

Course dates:

  • 30 August 2021 – 25 February 2022 (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 six week programme designed to provide an opportunity for teachers to improve their Japanese language skill and deepen their knowledge of Japanese society and culture. This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, 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 2021-22 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2020
  • Results Notification: April 2021

Course dates:

  • 5 July 2021 – 18 August 2021 (tentative)

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

This programme is a six week programme designed to provide an opportunity to improve teaching methodology. This programme will be conducted once per year in FY 2021. This course takes place at our Japanese Language Institute in Urawa, Japan.

There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.

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 2021-22 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2020
  • Results Notification: April 2021

Course dates:

  • 12 January 2022 – 25 February 2022 (tentative)

Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is an online training program 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 2021, we provide five themes as follows: (1) "JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education", (2) "Japanese Language Education and Culture", (3)"Teaching Reading Comprehension", (4) "Rethinking of Teaching Japanese Grammar", and (5) "Teaching Business Japanese: Understanding Learner's Needs"

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 2021-22 programme:

  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2020
  • Results Notification: March 2021

Course dates:

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

Training Programme for Japanese Language Education in Europe in Paris

The Japan Foundation in Paris (MCJP) or ( 国際交流基金パリ日本文化会館) invites applications for the 2019 Training Programme for Teachers of Japanese, which will take place in Paris (in France) in June 2019. The training course is designed to promote Japanese language education in Europe.

The theme for this year’s course::
「学び」をデザインしよう!-インストラクショナルデザイン入門 Let’s design “learning”! Introduction to instructional design.
Attendees: 15 in-person places and 15 online places available for those who meet the below requirements from any of the following countries:

Attendees: 15 places available those who meet the below requirements from any of the following countries:

Iceland, Ireland, Andorra, Italy, United Kingdom, Austria, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Finland, France, Belgium, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Albania, Estonia, Croatia, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania

Applications from native speakers are welcome.

Dates: 20th June 2019 to 21st June 2019, 10:00 to 18:00

Location: 101 bis quai Branly 75015 Paris, France (Online participants can use Zoom software to take part)

Applications for the 2019 programme are now closed

Requirements for attendees:

* As all lectures will be held in Japanese, participants who are not native speakers of Japanese must be B2 level of the JF Standard or above.

You need to be one of the following:

Costs: The organisers will cover the costs of the training.

Attendees will need to pay for their own meals, accommodation and for their transport costs**.

Participants who live over 1000 kilometres direct distance from the venue may qualify for transport assistance.

Eligible applicants will have to cover the first 100 euros of travel costs, and the organisers will then supplement the remaining amount.

Please click here for further information on application requirements and to apply for the course.