The Faculty Development Program (FDP) of the PIJLC-NCF was launched in August 2015, with the objective of developing a stronger faculty to serve the needs of a growing demand for Japanese language courses. The PIJLC-NCF FDP aims to equip the faculty with updated teaching tools, and in the long term, gain know-how on designing customized courses to suite specific industry needs.
Among the activities of the PIJLC-NCF FDP are regular Faculty Meetings which customarily start with a study session. Here, faculty members take turns in giving presentations, sharing their teaching techniques and methods acquired from various trainings. Faculty Meetings are also the venue where KAIZEN discussions on course offerings, teaching materials, and other school-related matters are held, with all members contributing ideas to find ways to improve the quality of service that the school can offer.
Besides the Faculty Meetings, the PIJLC-NCF FDP strives to maintain the school’s teaching standard through its Internal and External Training Programs. Part of Internal Training is done by the more experienced faculty members through periodic class observations, followed by advice and feedback sessions with the observed instructors. In the External Training Program, qualified faculty members are given a chance to participate in trainings and seminars related to Japanese Language Education conducted by both local organizations and overseas institutions.
Apart from the activities involving the current faculty members, the PIJLC-NCF FDP aspires to increase the number of Japanese-language instructors by developing ties with local educational institutions and providing qualified candidates with training in Japanese-language and pedagogy.