Now Accepting Applications!
J-LEAP  (Japanese Language Education Assistant Program)


What is J-LEAP?

This program brings Native Japanese Language Assistant Teachers (ATs) to K-12 educational institutions in the U.S. for up to two years to strengthen Japanese language programs by providing an AT to team-teach with the Lead Teacher (LT) in their classes as well as create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified Japanese language teachers. The program started in 2011 and is jointly administrated by The Japan Foundation (JF) and The Laurasian Institution (TLI). Currently we have a total of 19 ATs in 11 different states nationwide.

What are the benefits of applying to J-LEAP as a Lead Teacher (LT)?

Bringing an AT into the classroom gives students 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 AT.
The community gains AT who can also serve as a cultural ambassador by engaging in cultural events and activities in the area .

Who will be Assistant Teacher (AT) to the LT?

The ATs participating in J-LEAP are native Japanese language speakers, and hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Japanese language education as a major or minor or Japanese-language teaching competency certification; or have completed a 420-hour professional development program for teachers of the Japanese language.

What kind of training and support do we offer to LTs?

During the two-year program, you will have the opportunity to receive various professional development training along with your AT. (Further details provided below.) The training will be provided by our advisor members of J-LEAP who are professionals in the field of Japanese education.

Arrival training / In-service training
●Site Visit: After 2-3 months have passed, the Japanese Language Education Specialist will visit your school site. The aim of this visit is to make sure that everything is running smoothly and to offer constructive advice to the LT/AT pairs after observing the class.
●Follow-up Training (Coming Soon!)
●Stipends and Financial Support

The AT’s compensation is FULLY covered by JF

Assistant Teachers’ airfare, living stipend, housing stipend, vehicle purchase/insurance support, and health insurance coverage will be provided. In addition, the Host School will receive funds for purchasing educational materials. All stipend support and funds will be provided according to the Japan Foundation regulations.
Therefore, participation in the program is a cost-effective way to provide additional support to a Japanese language and culture program.

We look for Host Schools that:

・Are U.S. K-12 schools offering Japanese language courses
・Are willing to expand and invigorate their Japanese language courses with the addition of a Japanese AT
・Can find a host family to accommodate the AT for the first 3 months
・Can appoint a Japanese language teacher as a Lead Teacher to support the AT during his/her term 
・Can provide basic working environment, such as desk space and parking

How do you apply?

Please submit all application materials to the address below by the deadline.
The Laurasian Institution
12345 Lake City Way N.E.#151 Seattle WA 98125

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Host organization Application Form (PDF)

For further information, please go to the Laurasian Institution webpage.
Web page:

J-LEAP Timeline

List and Reports of Assistant Teachers from Year 1~5

List of Year 1 (2011-2013 cycle)

List of Year 2 (2012-2014 cycle)

List of Year 3 (2013-2015 cycle)

List of Year 4 (2014-2016 cycle)

List of Year 5 (2015-2017 cycle)

For More Information, Please contact:

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
T: 323-761-7510 (Ext: 105)

The Laurasian Institution
T: 206-367-2152