picture J-shine


What is J-SHINE?

J-SHINE – Japan Shogakko (elementary school) Instructors of English – is the Japanese organization which awards the certificate for working as an English teacher in Japanese elementary schools. Since English education in Japanese public elementary schools became mandatory in 2011, the need for skilled teachers has dramatically increased. This course enables graduates to teach children in both private and public schools.


Who is this course for?

The course is provided in Japanese and English and it is open to people who have native or near-native Japanese language skills and sufficient English levels to teach young learners. Although it is an introductory course designed for new teachers, if you are an existing teacher, you will have the opportunity to understand in depth the goals and contents of the Japanese national curriculum and to reflect on your current teaching practices. You will learn about English activities which greatly enhance the learning environment of the classroom and keep children focused and engaged while learning English.

What is the schedule like?

  • Monday to Friday, 8:50 – 3:20 for 4 weeks
  • Half of the course conducted in Japanese and half the course in English
  • Practicum experience at daycare in Metro-Vancouver for 2 weeks

Many of the J-SHINE courses provided in Japan are part-time and lecture-based. IH offers a unique intensive course giving students many hours of hands-on learning under the instruction of experienced tutors and the option of a practicum.

A typical day on the course would look like this:

Time* Session** Description
8:50 – 11:40 Input session (Japanese)
The Japanese National Curriculum: its goals and contents
Japanese input sessions focus on the Japanese public elementary school system. In the sessions, you will deepen your understanding of the national curriculum and how to conduct lessons following its aims.
11:40 – 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 – 3:20 Input session (English)
Giving instructions
English input sessions provide many classroom ideas such as songs, games and activities for young learners. In these sessions you will have many chances for practical micro-teaching focusing on instructions, vocabulary presentation, etc. Here, you will also prepare short lessons and practice teaching with peers.

* There will be small breaks between lessons.

** Japanese and English parts may be half-day for 4 weeks, or full-day 2 weeks each depending on the session. The certificate and the contents covered will be the same.

Further information

For further information about J-SHINE, please visit www.j-shine.org

For any further queries about IHCC J-SHINE course, please contact japan@ihvancouver.com and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Approval by PTIB

This program is approved.



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