Japanese Immersion Programme – Kansai


Tui Tuia Languages is offering up to 6 places for current New Zealand teachers of Japanese (Years 1-13) to attend a two-week language and cultural immersion programme in 2019 at The Japan Foundation Kansai Centre, Osaka, Japan.

Activities are arranged by The Japan Foundation, this programme is a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the Japanese language and culture.

Resources and activities on this programme will improve your Japanese language and teaching pedagogy.

Programme content includes

  • Sessions on Japanese Culture
  • Introduction of Japanese teaching materials, language and cultural resources
  • Activity based curriculum support: includes orienteering in Osaka, a homestay visit and a school visit

Key dates

Applications for the Japanese Immersion Programme are currently closed.

Important Information


Preference will be given to NZ registered teachers who:

  • are engaged in Learning Circle Languages curriculum support
  • are involved in levels 1 to 4 of the Learning Languages area of the curriculum
  • are currently teaching Japanese
  • have a level of Japanese equivalent to JLPT Level N5 or above

Learning Circle will arrange and pay for:

  • Domestic flights connecting to international flights
  • International flights
  • International travel insurance
  • In country accommodation, transfers, cultural activities and language tuition during programme dates
  • Teacher release day (TRD) costs: 5 days per participant for the Immersion Programme

Participants will be responsible for:

  • Visa application and fees (where applicable)
  • Domestic transport to programme travel where domestic flight is not applicable but transport still required i.e. bus or personal transport, with reimbursement post-programme.  This applies to out of Auckland participants only.
  • Transport to and from participant's local airport for programme where Learning Circle has arranged the domestic flight
  • Parking at participant's local airport for programme where Learning Circle has arranged the domestic flight
  • Personal expenses and incidentals

Teacher Experience

The Kansai Immersion course is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese language and culture. I came away with an abundance of new teaching resources and a renewed enthusiasm for teaching Japanese. The connections I made with the other teachers on the course were invaluable. I also now have a greater knowledge of the Osaka/Kyoto area which I can share with my students both at school and on my next school trip to Japan.


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