Monday, August 21, 2017

Programs for Students and Researchers

Here are some new programs that interested students and researchers may be interested in applying to:

Name: English-Japanese Bilingual Education Course for International Students
Institution: Shimane University
Type: New program
Application period: Dec. 4 – Dec. 8, 2017
Education eligibility: from undergraduate
General description: English-Japanese Bilingual Education Course for International Students in the field of science and technology, from April 2018

Name: Reischauer Scholars Program
Institution: Stanford University: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education
Type: Online course for high school students
Application period: August 14 - October 2, 2017
Education eligibility: High school student (grades 10 - 12)
General description: The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students to participate in an intensive study of Japan.

Name: 13th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship
Institution: Hakuho Foundation
Type: Japanese Research Fellowship
Application period: June 9 – October 31, 2017
Education eligibility: must possess doctoral degree
General description: Invites researchers conducting research to Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, or Japanese culture to do residential research in Japan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Professional Development and Grants

Please make use of these resources and grants for your professional development!


AP Japanese Language and Culture Professional Development Workshop Stipend
-Financial Assistance to participate in workshop for AP Japanese Language and Culture

NFMLTA/MLJ Travel Support Grants for Foreign Language Professionals 2017 Award
-A grant of up to $1000 for foreign language professionals to defray the cost of conference attendance

Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grants
-A grant for Japanese language teachers in K-16 to attend seminars, workshops, conferences, etc.


Global Competency and Japanese Language Education Workshop
-For promoting Japanese language education and provide advocacy and core practices information

Annual Fall Conference at ACTFL


Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
-For students studying abroad in Japan in Spring 2018

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Student Voices: Micah

What does learning Japanese personally mean to students? In this section, we highlight students and their motivations to learn Japanese!  Here Micah talks about his hope to learn Japanese so he can be able to use it in Tottori while living there as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Program, as well as practice speaking it with his mother, another language learner!

Click the link below to watch:

What does learning Japanese mean to YOUR students?  What inspires them?  Let us know!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Learning and Teaching Resource: Marugoto for Self-Study

Check out this new FREE resource for those interested in learning Japanese on their own time!  Our Japan Foundation has developed a self-study course for A2 learners (based on the JF Standard; see this link for a quick guide and this link for more details).

This course can be taken from anytime, so it is great for those with schedule restrictions!  Learners will be able to finish each section with useful “can do” expressions for everyday Japanese.

Self-Study Course:

And don’t forget to check out our Marugoto Plus series, which provides learning materials for A1 through A2 levels:
These sites have video clips with optional subtitles in Japanese, English, and Romaji so that learners can follow along at their own comfort level, culture notes, fun ways to learn vocabulary, and more!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Here are some recent interesting and thought-provoking articles you can use to share and discuss with your students, school, and/or community!

ハンバーグが餃子になってもいい、「注文を間違える料理店」のすべて - How do community members face issues arising from their population demographics?

こども食堂オープン(宮崎県日南市) - How do communities help give a sense of place to their children?

Learn Japanese as You Binge on Netflix Anime How can anime help Japanese language learning?

As the Earth Feels Ever Smaller, Demand for Translators and Interpreters Skyrocket What is in store for those who hope to translate Japanese in the future?

Japanese Game Fans to Nintendo: We Want Translated, Not Localized Games When bringing products to the West, how do fans feel about the localization process?

Do you or your students have an interesting news article that you can use for other teachers or students? Please share them with us!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Student Voices: Jonathon

What does learning Japanese personally mean to students? In this section, we highlight students and their personal journeys and motivations to learn Japanese!  Here Jonathon talks about his hope to learn Japanese so he can take his father to Japan and discover their roots together!

Click the link below to watch:

What does learning Japanese mean to YOUR students? What inspires them? Let us know!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Learning and Teaching Resource: Gakushuu Manga

Have you ever heard of Gakushuu Manga? Selected by the Nippon Foundation, these are manga titles that are not only entertaining, but also carry educational value, providing readers greater familiarity with a diverse range of subjects from agriculture (もやしもん), to social issues such as disabilities and bullying (聲の形), to the performing arts such as Japanese rakugo (昭和元禄落語心中).
These titles provide excellent content-based learning - students can not only learn Japanese but also explore an aspect of Japanese society or culture. Moreover, because of the diversity of the titles, students can find something that relates to them on a personal level, and through that strengthen their ties to another culture.
To find out more, visit Nippon Foundation's website here:
Gakushuu Manga