JAPANESE LANGUAGE EDUCATION
The Los Angeles office supports Japanese language education all across the United States. We organize events to nurture future leaders in the Japanese language teaching community and develop goods to promote the learning of Japanese and foreign language in general. Please review the links below to find useful information regarding Japanese language education.
Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2012
The Japan Foundation conducts the Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad every three years to gauge the most current status of Japanese-language education around the world. At this time, we are pleased to announce the final results of the Survey on Japanese Education Abroad 2012, showing that the total number of Japanese-language learners around the world increased by 9.1%, totaling over 3.98 million people.
The JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET-MIP) will provide 32 high school students with the opportunity to visit Japan for two weeks (with a focus on the Tohoku region), participate in exchanges with Japanese students, see the current condition of recovery in the region, and act as symbolic bridges to enhance the goodwill between Japan and the United States.
This program brings Native Japanese Language Assistant Teachers (ATs) to K-12 educational institutions in the U.S. for up to two years to strengthen their Japanese language programs as well as create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified Japanese language teahcers.
Promoting Japanese (Advocacy)
Promoting Japanese is an important part of any Japanese language teacher's job. At the Useful Resources page, find research about the popularity of Japanese in the U.S. and then share it with parents and administrators! We also encourage you to look through the information in our Advocacy Kit and Supplemental DVD to find out how other foreign language teachers are advocating for their programs. Show people what you're accomplishing at school, and you'll strengthen your Japanese program.
We have compiled information here that we think will be beneficial for Japanese language instructors. Please look through the information about teacher's organizations in the United States, the Japan Foundation's Sakura Network, licensing for potential teachers, immersion programs, and materials.
The mad engineers at our Headquarters in Japan have been working hard to develop educational websites for teachers and learners of Japanese. Have fun learning Japanese whether it is with Erin and Honigon or enjoying manga through our interactive learning portal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on the countless inquiries we have answered in the past, we have put together a selection of frequently asked questions, which may be of use to you. Please take a look through these FAQ’s before calling or emailing us, as they may save you the time and effort of contacting us. Thank you.