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Mika Takewa



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Mika Takewa is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the Modern Languages Centre, School of Languages, XJTLU. Before joining XJTLU in January 2022, Mika was in the UK Higher Education sector, teaching Japanese from beginners to advanced level students. She also taught translation to undergraduate advanced level students of Japanese as well as postgraduate trainee students of translation.Assisting students to develop their Japanese skills is a pleasure for her. She enjoys and welcomes questions from students about Japanese. They are interesting and eye opening both linguistically and cross-culturally, which offer opportunities for her to deepen or widen her understanding of Japanese as well as to improve teaching. In addition to Learning/Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, her interest includes Translation Studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics of Japanese and Contrastive Analysis of English and Japanese.She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Research interests

Contrastive Analysis of English and Japanese

Systemic Functional Linguistics of Japanese

News Discourse

Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Translation Studies


Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer - Institute of International Education in London - Jan 1999 to Sep 2005

Co-ordinator of Japanese for Specific Purposes/Language Advisor - University of Bristol - Sep 2005 to Sep 2006

Lecturer in Japanese -University of Leeds - Sep 2006 to Dec 2021

Head of Japanese Division - XJTLU - Jan 2022 to present


Continuing upport (S2, AY2021-22)

JPL003: Japanese Language 3

JPL002: Japanese Language 2

JPL001: Japanese Language 1

Education/Academic qualification

BA in Language and Area Studies, Osaka university of Foreign Studies - 1994

MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Sheffield - 1998

PhD in Translation Studies, University of Leeds - 2019

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