Ms Junko Ogawa

Department of Modern Languages
Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for Japanese
Co-ordinator for Japanese, Languages for All

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in Higher Education over 15 years. I am responsible for all aspects of Japanese language programmes including module development, year abroad and internship programme in Japan.


  • BA in Languages, MA in Education (language teaching)


I came to the UK in 1999 as a teaching fellow of Japanese at Durham University. Although the initial plan was to stay in the UK for two years, I now see this country as my second home. I joined the University of Birmingham in 2003 and have been teaching Japanese to students at all levels.


I teach Japanese language on the BA programme at all levels (first-, second- and final-year) as well as the evening course which is open to public. My current interests are: Advanced Reading and Writing, Kanji (Japanese Chinese character) teaching.

Undergraduate modules taught (Japanese as ‘Minor’)

  • Japanese Language Beginners I & II
  • Japanese Language Intermediate I & II
  • Japanese Language Advanced II (Reading and Writing)

Undergraduate modules taught (Japanese as ‘Module Outside Main Discipline’)

  • Level 1-3

Other activities

  • External examiner for University of Kent (2010-2014)
  • External examiner for University College London (2009-2013)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for BATJ Journal (2003-2005, 2007- 2012).
  • BATJ Web Manager (2006-2010)



  • J. Ogawa and F. Enokida Colloquial Japanese (third edition), Routledge, 2013.
  • J.Ogawa and F.Enokida The Collins Easy Learning Japanese, Harper Collins, 2009


  • “How can teachers make input more comprehensible? An analysis of strategy use and listening performance in Japanese as a foreign language,” 2004, BATJ Journal 6.