2017-18: TRAINING PROGRAMS for JAPANESE-LANGUAGE TEACHERS

  1. Long-term Program (for non-native speakers of Japanese)

  2. Short-term Program (for non-native speakers of Japanese)

  3. Training Program on a Specific Theme (for BOTH native and non-native speakers of Japanese)

  4. Project-based Training Program (for individuals and teams [up to 3 participants] of BOTH native and non-native speakers of Japanese)

  5. Graduate Program in Japanese-Language and Culture (Master's Degree Course) (for non-native speakers of Japanese)

Grant Coverage

There are no tuition fees. Participants will reside at the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (single rooms) and we will cover meals, teaching materials, field trip expenses, and overseas travel insurance. We will NOT cover airfare for US citizens.

Program Venue

Japan Foundation - Japanese Language Institute (in Urawa, Japan)

Application Deadline

DECEMBER 1 ST, 2016

(Your application must ARRIVE by this date, this is NOT a postmark.)

Please inform the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, (specialist@jflalc.org) about which program you are planning to apply for, before mailing us your application.

Mailing Address:
Training Program for Japanese Language Teachers (Program Type)
Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. STE 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Notification of Result:  April, 2017


1. Long-term Training Program

Duration: September 5, 2017 – March 2, 2018 (tentative)

This program is for non-native speakers of Japanese, 35 years old or younger, who have more than 6 months and less than 5 years of experience in teaching the Japanese language (private lessons not included), as of December 1, 2015. The goal of this program is to help Japanese language teachers improve their proficiency in the language, teaching methodology, and knowledge of Japan through Japanese language classes, cultural programs, field trips, etc.

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)

2015
2014
2013
2012

2. Short-term Training Program

Summer Term: June 27 – August 17, 2017 (tentative)
Winter Term: January 10, 2018 – March 3, 2018 (tentative)

This program is for non-native speakers of Japanese, 55 years old or younger, who have at least 2 years of experience in teaching the Japanese language (private lessons not included), as of December 1, 2015. The goal of this program is to help Japanese language teachers improve their proficiency in the language, teaching methodology, and knowledge of Japan through Japanese language classes, cultural programs, field trips, etc.

Past Participant Comments

Madeleine Graham, Odyssey Middle School (San Mateo, CA)
Kristin Wingate, Cranford Public Schools (Cranford, NJ)

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)

2015 (Summer)
2015 (Spring)
2014 (Winter)
2014 (Summer)
2013 (Winter)
2013 (Summer)

3. Training Program on a Specific Theme

Duration

Course Design: May 30, 2017 – July 7, 2017 (tentative)
Development of Teaching Materials: November 13, 2017 - December 20, 2017

This program is designed to provide training on the themes of (1) Course Design and (2) Development of teaching materials to deepen knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in educational settings. Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese are eligible to apply for this program.

4. Project-based Training Program

Duration: Two to ten weeks during the period from June 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Note: Participants can choose the starting date and duration; however, a different starting date and duration may be offered depending on the project content and availability.

This program provides Japanese languages teachers who are independently engaged in projects to resolve problems or challenges they face such as teaching materials or curriculum development, so they can improve their specialist knowledge and techniques in order to complete their projects. Applications as a team are accepted to accomplish certain projects, but only three individuals from each team can participate in the program. Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese are eligible.

Past Participant Projects and Comments (Japanese Only)

2015
2014
2013
2012

5. Graduate Program in Japanese-Language and Culture (Master's Course)

Duration: September 2017 – September 2018

This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching the Japanese language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese language education in their own regions/countries, with an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in Japanese-language education. Priority will be given to applicants from countries where it is difficult to obtain a Master's degree in Japanese-language education and those who have research plans which contribute greatly to the development of Japanese Language Education in their regions and countries.

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This graduate program is offered by the following two institutions:

  1. The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (JFJLI, Urawa)
  2. The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)