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Information for Teachers, Students & Librarians

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Students of Japanese can have their language proficiency certified by taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. The Japan Foundation and the Association of International Education, Japan have devised and administered this test for non-native speakers both in Japan and abroad, since 1984. The test is conducted in Toronto (York University in December), Edmonton (University of Alberta in July and December), and Vancouver (Capilano University in December). Click here for more details.

Regional Japanese Language Speech Contests

Aimed at recognizing achievement among residents in our jurisdiction who are learning Japanese as a foreign language. The contest is usually held in early March in Alberta and Manitoba. Please e-mail info@cl.mofa.go.jp for current information.

Publication Resource

A collection of published information is available for teachers teaching a unit on Japan or for students doing a project on Japan. Please e-mail info@cl.mofa.go.jp for more information.

Audio-Visual Resources: Japan Video Topics DVDs

A collection of videos on Japan is available upon request for loan to schools and other organizations. Japan Video Topics explores a wide variety of interesting issues related to Japan and they are free to borrow from the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary. Alternatively, you can watch recent Japan Video Topics videos by visiting: http://web-japan.org/jvt/index.html

If you are interested in borrowing one of the many DVDs available, please look through the JVT Directory. Once you have chosen one or more videos, please fill out and sign the Educational Materials Request Form and fax it to (403) 294-1645, or email a scan of the completed form to info@cl.mofa.go.jp. Be aware that some items may not be available as others may have signed them out. Please contact our office to make arrangements for pick-up of the DVDs.

Other Cultural Resources for Borrowing

Our office has a selection of cultural items that can be borrowed for events and educational purposes. Please take a look at the directory cultural borrow list.pdf for a list of the items available. Then fill out and sign the Educational Materials Request Form and fax it to (403) 294-1645, or email a scan of the completed form to info@cl.mofa.go.jp. Be aware that some items may not be available as others may have signed them out. Please contact our office to make arrangements for pick-up of the cultural items. If you have any questions or concerns please email info@cl.mofa.go.jp or phone (403)-294-0782.