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 Mayu Negami-Handford

Mayu Negami-Handford

Lecturer in Japanese Studies

School of Modern Languages

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


In both UK and Japan, I have conducted language teaching in various contexts, including university classes (undergraduate, post-graduate and mature student classes), professional business organizations, secondary and primary schools’ lessons, enabling me to gain diverse skills and the capability to deliver and develop a wide range of methods suitable for small group seminars and large lectures. The main responsibility for me is to enable learners to use language effectively. I encourage learners to achieve better communication through language.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland
  • Member of the Japanese Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • Member of the British Association for Japanese Studies
  • Member of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Speaking engagements

- Negami-Handford (2017). A corpus-based Discourse Analysis of British (English) and Japanese Song Lyrics. Work in Progress presentation delivered at the Corpus Linguistics in the South Conference, 4 March 2017, Birkbeck University.


I am a Japanese national, and a native speaker of the language. I have had extensive work experience in various working environments, such as education, the media industry and professional organizations, enabling me to gain diverse skills and the capability to communicate with many different types of people.

I have conducted language teaching in various contexts both in the UK and Japan, including university classes, professional business classes and children’s lessons. Also, I have worked as an administrator and translator in several companies and organizations. The types of documents I translated concerned such as nurses working rights and opportunities, cross-cultural differences in working practices and improving conditions for employees in the health sector. At the same time, I have experienced working in writing and doing FM radio DJ in Japan.

Education and qualifications

  • 2016 - to present: PhD Researcher (Gendered Identities in Popula Music: Corpus-based Discourse Analysis of Song Lyrics in the UK and Japan), Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck University of London, UK
  • 2012 - 2013: MA (with Merit, ‘Gender in Popular Music: A Corpus Informed and Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Top-selling Albums in 1971 and 2011’), Critical Discourse, Culture and Communication, Department of English, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2009 - 2011: BA, English Literature, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University, Japan

Honours and awards

  • I was nominated for the Most Inspiring Teacher Award 2016 launched by School of Modern Languages


I teach undergraduate/postgraduate students who have opted to study Japanese language and culture in the School of Modern Languages.

Modules that I am involved in (2019/20):

  • ML5366 High-level Proficiency in Japanese Language
  • ML5364 Memory and Symbols in Japan
  • ML1548 Post-A Level Japanese
  • ML5280 Interdediate Japanese
  • ML1549 Elementary Japanese
  • MLT408 Specialised Translation: Subtitling
  • MLT433 Training Placement

I am interested in discourse analysis (corpus linguistics, multimodal discourse analysis) to study popular culture texts. I am interested in exploring texts to see how gender identities are performed in language. I am currently doing my PhD research at Applied Linguistics and Communication department in Birkbeck College, University of London. The thesis title is ‘Gendered Identities in Popular Music: A Corpus-based Discourse Analysis of Song Lyrics in the UK and Japan’.

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