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 their Japanese language programs as well as create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified Japanese language teahcers. 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 23 ATs in 19 different states nationwide.
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 a AT who can also serve as a cultural ambassador by engaging in cultural events and activities in the area.
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.
The AT’s compensation is fully covered by JF; therefore, participation in the program is a cost-effective way to provide additional support to a Japanese language and culture program.
application for 2014-2016 host organization has begun!
Application Period Has Ended!
We look for Host Organizations 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
The Laurasian Institution: http://www.laurasian.org/Programs.htm
For More information, please contact:
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
Tel: 323-761-7510 (Ext: 105)