School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
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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. 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.
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
“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 monitors Japan and Japanese language related modules at all levels, directly teaches some of them and leads many modules as the module leaders. She also supervises students’ dissertations and projects on Japan.
The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ)
Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
Externally, she made a contribution as an Exam Writer for Cambridge University Local Examination Syndicate and has acted as the External Examiner for various UK universities such as University of Reading, Birmingham University, Keel University, Salford University. Currently she holds a position at University of Kent and University of Hertfordshire as their External Examiner, too.