JF Standard

JF Japanese Language Course is designed in accordance with the Japan Foundation’s JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JF Standard).
JF Standard is a tool to help think about teaching, learning, and assessing achievements.

JF Standard was developed based on the concepts supporting the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the basis of language education in Europe.

Framework of levels

JF Standard utilizes a framework of levels of Japanese language proficiency divided into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) through a set of sentences that indicate what the learner “can do” in Japanese.

Click here (pdf) for more detailed “can-do” description.

JF Standard Tree

“JF Standard Tree” depicts the specific language competences the learner should focus on, and makes it possible to compile a learning plan that is in line with the individual’s specific purpose for learning Japanese.


“Can-do” are sentences describing what the learner “can do” in Japanese. It is useful for objectively assessing the learner’s level of Japanese-language proficiency, and clarifying objectives from that point on. “Minna no Can-do Website” is a database of “Can-do” sentences and supports the use of “Can-do” in course design, lesson planning, and teaching material development


“Portfolio”, composed of “assessment tables,” “records of linguistic and cultural experiences,” and “learning achievements,” is a tool to record and preserve each learner’s learning process. It enables the learners to assess their own level of Japanese-language proficiency and reflect on their learning process.

To learn more about JF Standard, please click here: JF Standard.