Teacher Training Program in Urawa

*Online portal available after October 14, 2022

2022-23: Training Programs for Japanese-language Teachers

Grant Coverage

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

Program Venue

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

DeadlineApply Through Online Portal* by 12 Noon, December 2, 2022 (JST) [7PM, December 1st, 2022 PST]

Upload your application documents to the Online Application Portal: https://www.apply.jpf.go.jp* Visit the website to view the manual for this procedure.

ContactClick here to contact us with any questions or to inform us of your intention to apply to one of these programs.

Notification of Result:  Within April, 2023

1. [BT] Basic Training Program (Long-term)

Duration: August 28, 2023 – February 23, 2024 (tentative)

This program is a six months program designed for teachers who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology, and deepen their knowledge of Japan. This program was conducted as “Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language” until FY 2018.

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)



2. [JT] Japanese Language Program

Duration: June 7, 2023 - July 21, 2023 (tentative)

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skill which is necessary as teachers of Japanese-language. There will be NO lessons of Japanese-language teaching methodology.


3. [MT] Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program

   Summer Course: July 17, 2023 - August 30th, 2023 (tentative)

   Autumn Course: October 16, 2023 - November 29th, 2023 (tentative)

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve the teaching methodology. This program will be conducted twice in FY 2023. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.

Past Participant Comments

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

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)

2018 (Summer)
2018 (Winter)
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2016 (Summer)
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2015 (Summer)
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2014 (Winter)
2014 (Summer)
2013 (Winter)
2013 (Summer)


4. Online Training Program on a Specific Theme

For FY 2023, we will provide two themes as follows: (1) "Teaching Japanese Characters" and (2) "Assessment of Language Learning". All programs will consist of pre-study sessions for all participants, as well as live sessions, individual consultations, and postsession assignments. In the pre-study, participants study individually using newly prepared materials from the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, as well as working on assignments. In the live session, all participants are connected online with the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa enabling them to discuss their prior studies, which allows them to confirm and deepen their understanding of the content. In addition, we are planning to start an online self-study course during FY 2023. Further details will be announced on the website at a later date.

Teaching Japanese Characters - The purpose of this theme is to understand the knowledge, theory and basic teaching methods necessary for teaching character centering on "kana".  

   May 16 (Tue.), 2023 to June 19 (Mon.). 2023 Live session (5 times): Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. JST)

   May 17 (Wed.). 2023 to June 20 (Tue.). 2023 Live session (5 times): Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. JST)

Assessment of Language Learning - The purpose of this theme is to understand the basic knowledge for assessing language learning and the points to keep in mind when assessing with tests and portfolios.

   May 18 (Thu.), 2023 to June 21 (Wed.), 2023 Live session (5 times): Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. JST)

   May 19 (Fri.), 2023 to June 22 (Thu.), 2023 Live session (5 times): Fridays 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. JST)


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