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About BATJ

The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) was formed in March 1998, with the aim of encouraging and promoting Japanese language education in the U.K., particularly by stimulating teaching and encouraging research in the field of language studies as an academic discipline. The Association's first conference was held in London in September 1998, at the Japan Foundation Nihongo Centre which co-hosted the conference. The Association admits individuals supporting its aims. The fiscal year starts from 1st October. The BATJ Constitution is available from "Downloads".

The activities of the BATJ include


Holding an annual conference for the presentation of current research papers and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas. Conferences are held at the end of summer/before the autumn term in September.
Organising seminars and workshops in the field of Japanese language teaching and learning. Most workshops and seminars are open to non-members.
3. Establishing a network of teachers.
4. Gathering and disseminating information on Japanese language teaching and learning in the UK higher education system.
5. Publishing newsletters and an annual journal. BATJ membership includes newsletters and a copy of BATJ Journal.
6. eBATJ: BATJ members are networked via the eBATJ mailing list.

Guidelines for the Use of e-BATJ

Requesting the assistance of other BATJ members with one's research

As a rule, members should only request assistance with their own research. Otherwise, assistance should only be requested via other members if it is likely to contribute to the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language. Members should follow the principle of mutual benefit (e.g., by means of their journal contributions).
(Approved at BATJ's 2010 annual general meeting)

For further information please contact:

Dr Marina Sereda-Linley

E-mail: chair @ batj.org.uk

Executive Committee (October 2018 - September 2019)

Marina Sereda-Linley

Luton Sixth Form College
chair @ batj.org.uk

Nozomi Yamaguchi
Journal Committee member
Newsletter Coordinator

The University of Manchester
vice.chair @ batj.org.uk

Kumi Casey

Newcastle University
treasurer @ batj.org.uk

Kaori Nishizawa
Seminar/Workshop Coordinator

University of Oxford
seminar @ batj.org.uk

Yuko Tochii
Membership Secretary

University of Reading
membership @ batj.org.uk

BATJ Journal Committee (October 2018 - September 2019)

Tomoko Miyairi (Coordinator) University of Hull
Akiko Murata
Hosei University
Rie Oguma University of Tokyo/ Ghent University
Yukihiro Ohashi University of Latvia
Hitoshi Shiraki SOAS, University of London
Kaoru Umezawa University of East Anglia
Contact & Further Information journal @ batj.org.uk

Newsletter Editors (October 2018 - September 2019)

No. 41, 42
Miho Inaba Cardiff University
Mayuko Inagawa Cardiff University

No. 43, 44

Akihiko Shimizu Cardiff University
Contact & Further Information newsletter @ batj.org.uk

The 22nd BATJ Annual Conference Organiser (October 2018 - September 2019)

Kumi Casey Newcastle University

The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students Committee

Fumitsugu Enokida (Coordinator) University of Birmingham
Toshimi Boulding (Deputy Coordinator) University of Cambridge
Junko Kasai (Host University) King's College London
Yuko Hasegawa
University of Bristol
Miwako Kashiwagi SOAS, University of London
Toshihiko Kitagawa
Regent's University London
Kazuki Morimoto
University of Leeds
Kazumi Tanaka SOAS, University of London

Web Manager

Yuka Oeda University of Leeds

IT Support

Toshihiko Kitagawa Regent's University London

Board of Elections (October 2018 - September 2019)

Junko Kasai King's College London
Clare Kuroishi Sheerness West Federation
Yuka Oeda University of Leeds

election @ batj.org.uk
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