Japan in Your Classroom
Bring Japanese language and culture to life for your students! J-LEAP strengthens your school’s Japanese language program by placing a native Japanese language Assistant Teacher in your school for up to two years.
By welcoming an Assistant Teacher from Japan, you will not only help nurture a new generation of qualified teachers of the Japanese language, you will increase the breadth and depth of your school’s Japanese program, add a fresh young adult voice to your school and extended community, and promote cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S.
Enthusiastic and Exceptionally Qualified Instructors
Assistant Teachers accepted to J-LEAP are native Japanese language speakers who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language education, as well as either a Japanese language teaching competency certification or 420 hours of professional development for teachers of the Japanese language. They have been interviewed regarding their pedagogy and experience and demonstrate proven expertise in Japanese language education.
Lead Teachers Who Guide the Way
If you’re a Japanese language teacher in a K-12 school and seek to improve your team-teaching skills and your program’s impact, J-LEAP could be a perfect match. The program provides your students with the opportunity to hear and learn authentic Japanese language from a different and young, native speaker. Your community will gain a cultural promoter who engages in local cultural events and activities. And throughout the entire J-LEAP cycle, you will receive professional development and support from program specialists, as well as personal coaching from your Assistant Teacher.
A Win-Win for Language Studies at Your School
J-LEAP enhances your school’s Japanese language program at no cost to your district. The Assistant Teacher’s compensation (relocation, housing, local transportation, health insurance, and salary) is fully covered by the program sponsor. In addition, host sites can take advantage of a $1,000 grant to purchase teaching materials that support Japan-related activities, making this a very cost-effective program boost.
An Experience that Ends With Arigatou! (Thank You!)
J-LEAP can take a new or established Japanese language program to a new level. By the end of the two-year program, Lead Teachers will be able to create and deliver standards-based unit/lesson plans, teach more effectively in Japanese, and better assess student performance.
The program also challenges Lead Teachers to re-examine teaching methods, providing new avenues, ideas, and possibilities to explore. And who knows—you and your students may just make a lifelong friend!