Goal of the Program
J-LEAP was created out of a November 2010 dialogue between former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and President Barack Obama. They shared the view that further enhancement of mutual understanding among wide range of people between Japan and the U.S. is necessary for deepening the Japan-U.S. Alliance. J-LEAP serves that goal by creating opportunities through teaching assistantships to nurture a new generation of qualified teachers of Japanese language. These young teaching assistants not only serve as native speakers in the U.S. classroom, but also add young adult voices in the school and the community to further strengthen the exchange between Japan and the U.S. By participating, host sites will develop even stronger programs and classes as well as promote international exchange between the United States and Japan.
Outcomes of J-LEAP
At the end of the second year of J-LEAP, lead teachers (LT) will be able to create and deliver Standards-Based Unit/Lesson Plans using backward design, teach in the target language, and effectively assess students' performance.
At the end of the second year of J-LEAP, assistant teachers (AT) will be able to team-teach by utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired during this experience and return to Japan to share their understanding of the American educational system and life in the United States.
J-LEAP is made possible through a partnership between The Japan Foundation (JF) and Laurasian Institution. JF provides full funding of this program and Laurasian Institution sponsors the visas for the assistant teachers in the program. These two institutions jointly administer J-LEAP.