The Japanese Language Education Assistant Program (J-LEAP) brings native Japanese language Assistant Teachers (ATs) to U.S. K-12 educational institutions for up to two years. Team-teaching together with a Lead Teacher, the AT becomes a more confident and qualified Japanese language instructor while helping to strengthen their host school’s program in the process.

U.S. Host Sites

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Japanese Assistant Teachers are hosted by U.S. host sites like Robert Service H.S. Any K-12 site offering Japanese language education or local K-12 educational agency is eligible to apply.

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Assistant Teachers

AT Yasuharu Higure

J-LEAP Assistant Teachers like Yasuharu Higure hold at least a bachelor's in Japanese language education as well as a teaching competency certification or 420 hours of professional development.

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Lead Teachers

LT Carla Swick Palmer HS Alaska 487X360

Lead Teachers like Carla Swick of Palmer H.S. are teachers of Japanese at U.S. K-12 institutions who nurture J-LEAP Assistant Teachers while benefiting from their help in the classroom.

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About J-LEAP

In a November 2010 dialogue between Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and U.S. President Barack Obama, the two leaders expressed a shared vision of strengthened relations through enhanced cultural understanding. J-LEAP was the result.

Learn more about the history of this important program.

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Stronger Japanese Programs


Assistant Teachers strengthen the Japanese language program by co-teaching with the Lead Teacher

No Costs; Grants Provided

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Assistant Teachers are fully compensated, which makes for a cost-effective boost to Japanese language and cultural programs

Real Japanese, Real Culture


Students hear authentic Japanese from a different speaker and authentic communication between the Assistant and Lead Teachers

Professional Development


Participants receive high quality of care and professional support from specialists throughout the program

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J-LEAP is made possible through a partnership between Japan Foundation and Laurasian Institution.

Contact Laurasian Institution:
(U.S.) +1 800.721.7474
(Japan) +81-3-3712-6176

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