Takako Amano

Ms Takako Amano

Director of East Asia Exchange, Senior Lecturer in Japanese

School of Language and Global Studies

Harrington 208 (Main Office), Adelphi 129 (Subject Japanese Room)

+44 (0) 1772 89 3129

Subject Areas: Art, Business and Management, Education, English and Linguistics, Geography and Environment, History, Languages and International Studies, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, TV, Film and Photography

How many students have I taught..? Siblings and friends of ex-students one after another... Thanks to the word of mouth enthusiasm of our existing students and graduates, our Japanese provision has kept on growing. When I arrived UCLan in 1997 Japanese was a tiny language but now we have over 200 students on our degree programme. I have enjoyed finding hidden gems who have not even realised of their potential and polishing them up to see them shining. It has been what the Japanese say「教師冥利に尽きる」or ‘Blessed’ to share important parts of the lives of our students who love Japan.

Full Profile

FHEA, Fellowship of Higher Education Academy, 2007

MA in Applied Linguistics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1996

BA (Hons) in Area Studies and Languages,
Osaka University of Foreign Studies (current Osaka University, Japan), 1990

Teaching Certificates (PGCE equivalent), Osaka University of Foreign Studies (current Osaka University, Japan), 1990

Social Media

Takako’s Facebook for UCLan

UCLan Japanese Society

Japan Airwaves (UCLan student led radio programme)


“A personal view on Shiba Kōkan” in Wiessala, G. (2011). Enhancing Asia-Europe Co-operation through Educational Exchange, Rutledge.

“Developmental Dyslexia: Its definitions, theories, symptoms, laws in the UK and suggestions for learning and teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language” in BATJ Journal Vol. 9. (2008).


Takako's research interest has always been how adult learners with learning difficulties acquire Japanese as a foreign language. It is also her interest to find out more about how Japanese higher education institutions are internationalising.


As a faculty member, Takako supervises students’ dissertations and projects on Japan and teach Japanese at all levels. Externally, she made a contribution as an Exam Writer for Cambridge University Local Examination Syndicate and acted as the External Examiner for University of Reading, Birmingham University, Keel University, Salford University and Liverpool John Moores University

Membership of professional and learned bodies

The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ)

Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

External Affiliations and Roles

  • University of Nottingham (External Examiner)
  • University of Hertfordshire (External Examiner)
  • University of Kent (External Examiner)


  • Presentation on “Adapting study abroad programmes to accommodate work experience on a global scale” for Residence Abroad, Social Networks and Second Language Learning Conference at University of Southampton (April 2013)
  • Presentation on “Reconsideration of the Provision of Japanese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education in the United Kingdom in the 21st Century: -Towards Inclusive Education for Learners with Specific Learning Disabilities-” (Plenary) for BATJ (The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) at University of Reading (September 2010)
  • Presentation on “Expectation and Delivery -Problems attracting Japanese students to the UK-” (Plenary)for BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes), at Manchester University (March 2008)