Japanese-Language Education

This page is for learners/parents, and teachers/administrators who are interested in Japanese language education in the United States. Check out our programs, find out about schools which teach Japanese, and check out our FAQ for frequently asked questions.

Be sure to follow our blog for inspiration, ideas, and resources for your Japanese teaching and learning!

Language Grants

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles awards grants in support of Japanese language at the pre-K-12 and post-secondary level throughout the United States. Please click the link to learn more about currently available grants.

Learners New

This page is for learners who are interested in finding more about Japanese language education such as schools that offer japanese, going to Japan, and testing to find out your Japanese proficiency. Many of these links are useful for parents as well. You can also find media we put together to help you learn more about Japanese such as our Manga Edutainment lineup, our own Japanese cultural video series featuring Mike, and our video series with Japanese teachers all across the country explaining the benefits of learning Japanese!

Teachers New

One of the main pillars of our work here at JFLA is to support Japanese-language teachers all across the country and this link has useful resources such as our Advocacy Goods, which are free to Japanese-language teachers who are planning an event. We also have information for those are looking to become a teacher as well as information for what to do in case your program is not doing so well. You can also find teacher associations in your area to join to help with development.

Frequently asked question
  • If you are a learner, teacher, parent or administrator with questions, please review this link first.

Teaching Jobs

If you are looking for a Japanese teaching job, look no further. We have collected listings from all across the country and compiled it for your convenience. If you want to post a job, please contact us with the information. There is no fee, but we are only accepting teaching jobs!

JF Survey 2012 - 2021

Every few years, the Japan Foundation conducts a world-wide survey to find out the current condition of Japanese-language education. We are currently conducting the 2021 survey and this page contains the results of the past three surveys in 2018, 2015, and 2012.

My Life, My Japanese

We interviewed five individuals who have learned Japanese to varying degrees at different points in their lives for a variety of reasons. This has led them to meet amazing friends, explore new career paths, and see the world from new perspectives. For the interviewees, Japanese will continue to be a part of their lives.

Sensei! Why Japanese?

Ever wonder how you could use Japanese as a career? Look no further! We interviewed some of our lovely senseis in US who learned Japanese as a second language and embarked on a career in teaching Japanese. Not only did they talk about their experience as a Japanese learner but their experience becoming a sensei and the positive effects it has had in their lives! We hope these videos encourage you in continuing your journey in learning Japanese and that you too, can be a sensei! 

Go Mike-san!

In these short, entertaining videos, Mike-san tries his best to navigate the ambiguous Japanese cultural and language-related situations he finds himself in working at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)! 


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