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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:

Ms Nozomi Yamaguchi

c/o School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL

Tel: 0161 275 3545
E-mail: chair @ batj.org.uk

Executive Committee (October 2019 - September 2020)

Nozomi Yamaguchi

The University of Manchester
chair @ batj.org.uk

Junko Rogers
Journal Committee member
Newsletter Coordinator

Westminster School
vice.chair @ batj.org.uk

Kumi Casey

Newcastle University
treasurer @ batj.org.uk

Miho Inaba
Seminar/Workshop Coordinator

Cardiff University
seminar @ batj.org.uk

Yuko Tochii
Membership Secretary

University of Reading
membership @ batj.org.uk

BATJ Journal Committee (October 2019 - September 2020)

Tomoko Miyairi (Coordinator) University of Hull
Masakazu Kurada Kansai University of International Studies
Akiko Murata Hosei University
Rie Oguma Ochanomizu University/ Ghent University
Yukihiro Ohashi University of Latvia
Hitoshi Shiraki SOAS, University of London
Junko Tamaki University of Leicester
Kaoru Umezawa University of East Anglia
Contact & Further Information journal @ batj.org.uk

Newsletter Editors (October 2019 - September 2020)

No. 43, 44
Akihiko Shimizu University of Edinburgh

No. 45, 46

Etsuko Suda Newcastle University
Contact & Further Information newsletter @ batj.org.uk

The 23rd BATJ Annual Conference Organiser (October 2019 - September 2020)

Jonathan Bunt The University of Manchester

The 15th 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
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 2019 - September 2020)

Kaori Nishizawa University of Oxford
Marina Sereda-Linley Luton Sixth Form College

Contact & Further Information election @ batj.org.uk
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