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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 return travel expenses to Japan. The programme is open to those who are in a field of Japan-related humanities and social sciences, who are aged under 40, and who have a proficiency in Japanese of level JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Dates for FY 2020-21 programme:

Applications Available: September 2019

Application Deadline: 2 December 2020

Course dates:

  • 2 month course: June 2020 to August 2020
  • 5 month course: Mid-July 2020 to Mid-December 2020

Number of grants / applicants in 2019 (worldwide): 20 / 49 (two month course = 10 participants, six month course = 10 participants)

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.

Training Programs for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-Language - Urawa, Japan

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. Open to those under 35 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 return travel expenses to Japan.

Dates for FY 2020-21 programme:

  • Applications Available: September 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 2 2019
  • Results Notification: Within April 2020

Course dates:

  • September 1, 2020 – February 26, 2021 (tentative)

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.

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 2020-21 programme:

  • Applications Available: September 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 2 2019
  • Results Notification: March 2020

Course dates:

  • May 26, 2020 – July 9, 2020 (tentative)

Japanese Teaching Methods Programme 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 twice (Summer Course and Winter Course) per year.

There will be NO lessons of Japanese language teaching methodology 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 2020-21 programme:

  • Applications Available: September 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 2 2019
  • Results Notification: Within April 2020

Course dates:

  • Summer Course: July 7, 2020 – August 20, 2020 (tentative)
  • Winter Course: January 13, 2021 – February 26, 2021

Training Programme for Teachers of the Japanese Language on a Specific Theme

Training is provided on the specific themes of 1. “Teaching Japanese Grammar”, 2. “Business Japanese” and 3. “Course Design” (fiscal year 2020), to deepen knowledge on the theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in each educational setting.

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 2020-21 programme:

  • Applications Available: September 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 2, 2019
  • Results Notification: April 2020

Course dates:

  • A. “Teaching Japanese Grammar”: July 14, 2020 – August 20, 2020 (tentative)
  • B. “Business Japanese”: November 10, 2020 – December 17, 2020 (tentative)
  • C. “Course Design”: November 10, 2020 – December 17, 2020 (tentative)

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.