Kansai Scholarship Programme

ILEP offers fully registered New Zealand teachers of Japanese places on a two-week scholarship programme at the Japan Foundation in Kansai, Japan to improve their Japanese language and culture knowledge and teaching skills.

Photos from the Kansai Immersion Programme

Programme Information

The language and culture immersion programme includes:

  • Sessions on Japanese culture
  • Introduction to Japanese teaching materials, language and culture resources
  • Activity based PD such as orienteering, home-stays, school visits

Selection Priorities:

  • An intermediate level of Japanese equivalent to JLPT level N5 or above
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to ongoing professional learning
  • Demonstrated contribution to the Japanese language teaching community
  • Teacher of students in years 7-10

Programme Dates:

The last Kansai Immersion Programme took place 26th September - 7th October 2016.

Information on the programme in 2017 will be released in due course.

For further information, please contact:

Akiko Harada, National Adviser for Japanese: japanese@ilep.ac.nz
Jennifer Thomson, Intercultural Programmes Coordinator: programmes@ilep.ac.nz


A Teacher's Experience

"incredibly rewarding, useful, practical"

Tracy Luke, Teacher of Japanese at Tirimoana School attended the Kansai Scholarship in 2014.

Read about Tracy's experience

Feedback from previous participants

"The course was a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand teachers to get out of their comfort zone and experience authentic everyday situations in Japan. The course offered targeted language and culture lessons as well as an introduction to teaching strategies using internet based resources and Japanese manga and anime. Sessions on intercultural language teaching and learning were followed by the opportunity to fully immerse in Japanese culture on a daytrip to Osaka city."

"We had a fantastic and career-altering gift in those two weeks that will sustain us all for a very long time. And for those of you thinking of applying, please do.  It was the single most beneficial professional development opportunity I have had in my nineteen years of teaching."

“This course has enabled me to create resources that I otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity and time to create.” 

"Through my planning of activities I became more conscious of the need to incorporate intercultural learning into my teaching. I filmed students studying Japanese at the Kansai Institute who had various levels of Japanese. I asked them to give a brief introduction about themselves in various levels of Japanese and their mother tongue. Their Japanese was not perfect but hopefully this will show my students that it is important to place an emphasis on communication skills rather than fluency."

"Being here for two weeks in a virtual immersion situation has increased my confidence in using my language. On a daily level we’ve been required to operate in Japanese in a variety of environments, ranging from very formal situations where we’ve been required to give a speech (ie farewell ceremony), through to talking with school principals and teachers, through to daily life conversations with people out in the local community through to very casual interactions with the host family’s children."

“The Calligraphy lesson was really good. There is no way I would have had the confidence to teach Shodo to my students before experiencing this.” 

"I’ve noticed that as the course has progressed, vocabulary that I had known but forgotten has come back to me as a result of a context or situation. It has been beneficial to have had to operate in Japanese for a large proportion or our communications. It has also been beneficial listening to our peoples’ language in a variety of situations, and observing the language they use."