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 Masakazu Kudara

Masakazu Kudara

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Language

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2068 8686
2.14, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

I came the University in 2000 just after studying for a masters in TESOL at Institute of Education, University of London and since then I have been mainly involved in teaching Japanese language on the degree programme. I have recently led a second year Japanese language modules and developed a task-based intermediate Japanese programme. I also oversee Japanese degree Programme as the programme director.


  • Masters in Teaching English to the Speakers of Other languages (TESOL), Institute of Education, University of London


  • External Examiner atat University of Hull
  • External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Japanese Teacher Education Programme Director
  • J-GAP project member for Association of Japanese Teachers in Europe (AJE)

Speaking engagements

  • “Does Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) really lie at the nexus of research, theory, and pedagogy? -Consideration of its task design in TBLT from a pedagogical point of view", invited talk at East Asian Linguistics Seminar at Oxford University, UK. 27th January 2015
  • “The task design and communication environment-reconsideration of action research and Japanese language pedagogy",  invited talk at Hiroshima University, Japan. 8th January 2015
  • “The task design and controlling its variable”, invited talk at JF seminar at Japan Foundation Tokyo. Urawa, Tokyo. 2nd July 2014
  • “The task design to promote communication and establishing critical Japanese language pedagogy” paper, keynote speech at Rikkyo Society for Japanese language Education Practices. Rikkyo University, Tokyo. 30th June 2014
  • "Classroom activities and the development of teaching materials centred on task based competencies - To help Articulation", invited speech at J-GAP/JF Seminar, Japan Foundation London. 6th July 2013
  • Invited speech at JLTI seminar (University of Limerick: 29th May 2010) organized by JLTI (Association for Japanese Language Teachers in Ireland)
  • “Task-based Japanese language teaching and CEFR”, invited speech at BATJ seminar, SOAS, London, 5th December 2009
  • “Understanding and implementing TBLT” Cardiff Japanese Applied Linguistics Symposium, at Cardiff University, 15th March 2009. Co-hosted by British Association for Teaching Japanese
  • “Action Research in Language Education: Exploring an appropriate topic and preliminary investigation”, invited speech at BATJ Workshop, at Japan Foundation London, 14th October 2007
  • “Exploring task type in TBL (Task-Based Learning)”, invited speech, at Japan Foundation London, 3rd April 2006
  • “The theory of Task Based Learning and its application to Japanese language teaching” invited speech, at BATJ Workshop: Bristol University, 4th March 2006
  • “Action Research in Language Education: Exploring an appropriate topic and preliminary investigation” invited speech at JLTI Workshop: Trinity College Dublin, 11th February 2006, organized by JLTI (Association for Japanese Language Teachers in Ireland












I co-ordinate and teach on the following modules:

  • ML2596 Intermediate Japanese (Autumn)
  • ML 2696 Intermediate Japanese (Spring)

I have organised a Japanese teacher education programme focusing on Task-Based Language Teaching and have taught a number of prospective language teachers from Japan since 2003. I also work on the “Language for All” programme at the School as a Japanese academic adviser as well.

My scholarly work revolves around Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and in particular focuses on teaching material design and its use, drawing on second language acquisition research. I have organised many workshops, seminars and conferences related to TBLT in the UK and more recently I have been invited to several conferences and workshops in Japan as a keynote speaker (shown as below). My interests also lie in modelling second language practitioner research, particularly exploring the potential for the use of Bakhtinian dialogism as framework.