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JF Japanese Language Course is designed in accordance with the Japan Foundation's

JF STANDARD is a tool to help think about teaching, learning, and assessment.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Assessing Achievements

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

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 their specific purposes for learning Japanese.

JF standard cando

"Can-do" are sentences describing what the learner "can do" in Japanese. It is useful for objectively grasping 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.

JF standard portfolio

"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 see the link: JF STANDARD.


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 on a level (A1, A2,...) for more detailed can-do description! Also available here (pdf).


*The "Can-do" levels above are based on the CEFR levels of language proficiency.

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