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 Japanese language programs by providing an AT to team-teach with the Lead Teacher (LT) in their classes as well as create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified Japanese language teachers. 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 21 ATs in 12 different states nationwide.
Bringing an AT 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 AT.
The community gains an AT who can also serve as a cultural ambassador by engaging in cultural events and activities in the area .
The ATs 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.
During the two-year program, you will have the opportunity to receive various professional development training along with your AT. (Further details provided below.) The training will be provided by our advisor members of J-LEAP who are professionals in the field of Japanese education.
Assistant Teachers’ airfare, living stipend, housing stipend, vehicle purchase/insurance support, and health insurance coverage will be provided. In addition, the Host School will receive funds for purchasing educational materials. All stipend support and funds will be provided according to the Japan Foundation regulations.
Therefore, participation in the program is a cost-effective way to provide additional support to a Japanese language and culture program.
For those who are interested in applying to become Assistant teacher , please go to the Japan Foundation (Headquaters) Website below:
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
T: 323-761-7510 (Ext: 105)
The Laurasian Institution