J-LEAP (Japanese Language Education Assistant Program)
What is J-LEAP?
This program brings Native Japanese Language Teaching Assistants (TAs) 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. The program started in 2011 and is jointly administrated by The Japan Foundation (JF) and The Laurasian Institution (TLI). Currently we have a total of 23 TAs in 19 different states nationwide.
Bringing a TA into the classroom gives students the opportunity to hear and learn authentic Japanese language from a different Japanese speaker, to interact with a native Japanese speaker (or a different native speaker), and to be exposed to authentic communication between the Japanese language teacher and TA.
The community gains a TA who can also serve as a cultural ambassador by engaging in cultural events and activities in the area.
The TAs participating in J-LEAP are native Japanese language speakers, and hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Japanese language education as a major or minor or Japanese-language teaching competency certification; or have completed a 420-hour professional development program for teachers of the Japanese language.
The TA’s compensation is fully covered by JF; therefore, participation in the program is a cost-effective way to provide additional support to a Japanese language and culture program.
Application for 2013-2015 Host Organization has begun!
We are looking for Host Organizations that:
- Are U.S. K-12 schools offering Japanese language courses
- Are willing to expand and invigorate their Japanese language courses with the addition of a Japanese TA
- Can find a host family to accommodate the TA for the first 3 months
- Can appoint a Japanese language teacher as the TA’s supervisor to support the TA during his/her term
- Can provide basic working environment, such as desk space and parking
How to apply:
To apply for J-LEAP, download the program information and the application below and mail to TLI by Thursday January 31st, 2013. (All the application materials must arrive at TLI Seattle office by January 31st.).
Program Information: Download 2013-15 J-LEAP information
Application for Host Organizations: Download 2013-2015 J-LEAP Application
The Laurasian Institution: http://www.laurasian.org/Programs.htm
The Laurasian Institution
12345 Lake City Way NE #151
Seattle, WA 98125
For More information, please contact:
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
Tel: 323-761-7510 (Ext: 105)