Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Japanese Language Teaching

York St John University · School of Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

If your first language is not Japanese:

  • a bachelor’s degree (normally a 2.1 or above) with a significant Japanese language component of an approved university or institution
  • a bachelor’s degree (normally a 2.1 equivalent or above) of an approved university or institution and an advanced level in both oral and written Japanese.
If your first language is Japanese:
  • a bachelor’s degree (normally a 2.1 equivalent or above) of an approved university or institution or an equivalent qualification acceptable to York St John University.
In addition, all applicants must also:
  • take part in an interview designed to assess their suitability to the programme and their level of Japanese (if this is not their first language).
If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University.
If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative Master’s programme is designed for those interested in teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages and in deepening their knowledge of applied linguistics. You will explore the latest theories of language teaching and learning, and critically evaluate them in the context of Japanese as a foreign language.

In the last decade, Japanese language and culture have undoubtedly increased in popularity, particularly amongst young people. However, the area of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) is still relatively new outside Japan. TJFL has traditionally been the prerogative of ‘native’ Japanese teachers, adopting traditional Japanese language teaching methods.

Our MA in Japanese Language Teaching draws from state-of-the-art teaching approaches derived from TESOL research and practice, an area of expertise at York St John University. This MA would be attractive to global teachers, aspiring teachers and researchers whose first language may be English, Japanese or other. For example, you might have spent time teaching English and learning Japanese in Japan, be a graduate of Japanese from any country, or a Japanese national interested in the application of TESOL principles to TJFL. In the UK, it is the only Masters of its kind outside London.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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