CLAIR offers courses for JET participants with the aim of helping them improve their Japanese capabilities and knowledge about Japanese culture. The courses are separated into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, which approximately correspond to levels N5, N4, and N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), respectively. The teaching materials used in these courses encompass a variety of situations that JET participants will likely experience at some point during their time in Japan. Please make use of these courses to further improve your understanding of Japanese and get even more out of your daily life and work in Japan.
Japanese Language Courses will be provided online as e-learning courses. Registration for the courses can be done via the Contact Survey for JET Programme Participants online form which can be found here. For more information, please refer to the Course Guide below.
Translation & Interpretation Course
The aim of the Translation & Interpretation Course is to equip JET Programme participants with the translation and interpretation skills necessary for carrying out the work duties assigned by their contracting organisation. The course is not aimed at simply increasing the Japanese level of JET Programme participants. Applicants should ideally have a high level of Japanese (JLPT N1 or N2) and may be required to take a qualifying exam.
In order to complete the course, participants may be required to complete a week-long training seminar in addition to the online course.
As the fees for the training seminar are covered by the contracting organisation, applicants must obtain permission from and apply through their contracting organisation. JET Programme participants cannot apply for the course directly, even if they offer to pay the fees with their own funds. If you are interested in the possibility of taking the course, please consult with your contracting organisation supervisor.
In addition to the GIH, you will also receive materials helpful for Japanese language study
according to your job-type at Post-Arrival Orientation. ALTs will receive the textbook “Japanese
for JETs,” and CIRs will receive “Japanese for CIRs.” Both materials are accessible from the
link below, so please feel free to use them before you arrive in Japan as well. The password can be found on the handouts from orientation, or by asking your contracting organisation.