Language Center

Spring 2014 Japanese-Language Teacher Training

Japanese-Language Teacher Training
April 22–May 22, 2014

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am–1 pm or 2 pm–5 pm


Non-members: $440 

Japan Society members: $400 Become a member
(additional $40 may apply for textbooks and materials)

For more details, please email us at To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293, or fax us the Registration Form (PDF) below to (212) 715-1279. 

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

Japan Society will offer a 30-hour intensive teacher training session for native or fluent speakers of Japanese. The program is designed to be a practical course for those who wish to learn essential classroom teaching skills in order to teach Japanese in classroom or individual settings, and who have had little or no formal training in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language. This program is an introductory course in Japanese-language teaching, so no prior teaching experience is required. Participants who complete this program may have an opportunity in the future to become teaching assistants at the Toyota Language Center.

The program will focus on practical techniques such as planning lessons, the use of drills, audio and visual aids, classroom activities and the teaching of kana and kanji. Due to student demand, there will be two different class times this spring. Sessions will be held twice weekly, either from 10 am - 1 pm or from 2 - 5 pm, from April 22 through May 22, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The textbooks used in this course are Japanese for Busy People, Volume I (Revised 3rd Edition, Romanized), edited by AJALT (Association of Japanese Language Teachers) and Teacher’s Manual (for the Revised 3rd Edition) of Japanese for Busy People, Volume I.

The Japanese-language instructors teaching this course are:
Ms. Yuko Aizawa has taught at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, Japan and at the Royal Hawaiian Academy in the United States. She has been teaching at Japan Society since 1994. She will supervise student practice sessions.
Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from West Chester University. She has been involved with foreign language education for more than nineteen years, most recently at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.        
The following instructors will also join as lecturers:
Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature. She is one of the top graduates of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught Japanese privately and in an after-school program in Japan for three years, and privately in the United States for two years. She graduated from the Teacher Training Program in 2008, and has been one of Japan Society’s teaching staff members since the summer of 2010.
Ms. Keiko Hama has taught Japanese in Germany and the United States for over ten years. She received her MA in Japanese Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. Since then, she has been an interpreter, translator and Japanese teacher in the private and public sector.

For more details, please email us at To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293, or fax us the Registration Form (PDF) above to (212) 715-1279.

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