Apply now to bring a Japanese language assistant to your school

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By Alfonso De Torres Núñez
alfonso.detorresnunez@education.ky.gov

Apply now to bring a native Japanese language assistant teacher to your school through the Japanese Language Education Assistant Program (J-LEAP) program.

K-12 educational institutions in the U.S. can bring assistant teachers for up to two years to strengthen Japanese language programs. Currently, there are a total of 14 assistant teachers in 11 different states. The program is under the joint administration of The Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution.

BENEFITS OF APPLYING TO THE J-LEAP PROGRAM

  • Students have 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 assistant teacher.
  • The community gains an assistant teacher who can serve as a cultural ambassador by engaging in cultural events and activities in the area.

PROFILE OF THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE ASSISTANT TEACHER

  • Assistant teachers are native Japanese language speakers who holds a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Japanese language education as a major or minor, or Japanese-language teaching competency certification. Assistant teachers are not certified as teachers and need to be supervised by a certified teacher.
  • They have completed a 420-hour professional development program for teachers of the Japanese language.

There are no financial responsibilities on the part of the host site. In addition, the host school will receive up to $1,000 for educational materials.

The application deadline is Jan. 17. To find the online application, visit the Japan Foundation Los Angeles website. For more information, contact The Japan Foundation Los Angeles at (323) 761-7510, ext. 116, or by e-mail at jflajleap@jflalc.org; or The Laurasian Institution at (800) 721-7474, or by e-mail at jleap@laurasian.org.

You also can contact Alfonso De Torres Núñez, KDE world languages consultant, (502) 564-2106, ext. 4134, or by e-mail at alfonso.detorresnunez@education.ky.gov.

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