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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. It is open to people who have native or near native Japanese language skills and sufficient English level 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 their current teaching practices. You will learn English activities which greatly enhance the learning environment of the classroom and keep children focused while enjoying themselves 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 the other half 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 and the option of a practicum.

An example day on the course would look like this:

Time* Session** Description
8:50 – 11:40 Japanese Part
– What is the Japanese national curriculum? Its goals and contents
– Children in class (video)
The Japanese part will be focused on teaching Japanese in the public elementary school system. By the end of the session, students will have a deep understanding of the national curriculum and be able to conduct lessons following the aims of the English education in public schools.
11:40 – 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 – 3:20 English Part
Micro-Teaching on Giving instructions
The English part provides many classroom ideas such as songs, games and activities for young learners. You will have many chances for micro-teaching on different tasks (instructions, vocabulary presentation, etc). There, you will 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.

Approval by PTIB

This course is approved.


Further information

For further information about J-SHINE, please visit


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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