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Megumi Bailey
Lecturer in Japanese



Megumi has been teaching Japanese over 30 years both in Japan and in the UK. She has joined Languages for All (LFA) as a Language tutor, the University of York in 2001. Until the present time Megumi has engaged in a range of Japanese teaching activities, teaching a spectrum of levels on the LFA programme at York University and local schools throughout this time. She has been involved in a range of language/culture related community events and has undertaken various translational activities.


  • External Examiner for UWLP, Nottingham Trent University (2015 - 2019)
  • LFA Japanese language tutor, University of York (2001 - )
  • Japanese Tutor, Queen Margaret’s School, York (2013 -2014)
  • Freelance teaching for Japanese GCSE/ A-level and Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N5-N2), York (2012 - )
  • Teaching Biology and Chemistry, Mashiko High school, Japan (1998 -2000)


  • MA in Education, University of York (1998)
  • Diploma in Education, University of York (1997)
  • Teaching science (11+) certificate of education, Utsunomiya University (1996)
  • MSc in Applied Biochemistry, Utsunomiya University (1996)
  • BSc in Agriculture, Utsunomiya University (1994)


  • 2021: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Departmental roles

  • Module convenor for Beginner and Elementary levels


Other teaching

  • YLE Japanese Beginner
  • LfA Japanese Beginner
  • YLE Japanese Elementary
  • LfA Japanese Elementary
  • LfIM Japanese intermediate

External activities


  • The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • 川口義一日本語初級教授会
  • The Association of Japanese language teachers in Europe

Invited talks and conferences

  • Dialogue and Reflection on Japanese Teachers’ Professionalism: UK educators' perspective. At The 25th British Association for Teaching Japanese (BATJ) Annual Conference, Oxford, 2023 (a panel presenter)
  • Reflection on the CPD workshop ‘Interactive art appreciation through
    dialogue for Japanese teachers’. At Language for Specific Purposes in Higher Education (LSPHE) Conference, University of York, 2022 (co-presenter)
  • Creating mutual and deep learning environments for teachers through self-
    direction, self-awareness, and dialogue: reflection on teacher professionalism. At the 25th Japanese Language Education Symposium in Europe, Leiden University, The Netherland, 2022 (a panel presenter)
  • Think language teaching outside the box? Think Japanese storytelling box!
    At a global celebration on Second Language Teaching in World Kamishibai Forum (online), 2022 (co-presenter and workshop organiser) 
  • So that unexplored beauty can be created: enacting citizenship through drama  (online hybrid).  At Drama for All Language Learning Spring Workshop, Co-hosting with SOAS, University of York, 2022 (co-organiser)
  • 対話者としての自分を振り返る- Reflection of self in dialogue (online).  A series of three international workshops, University of York, 2021/22 (co-organiser)
  • 日本語教育現場で、学習者の対話力をどのように育てられるか? - How can dialogue skills for  learners be nurtured in Japanese language teaching? (online).  A series of three international workshops, University of York, 2020/21 (co-organiser)
  • Cultivating a reassuring learning environment whilst learning Kana syllables - Using learners’ background and experiences in ab-initio Japanese class (online). InnoConf 20,  2020 (presenter)
  • 教師用参考書「いわゆる「形式名詞」の考え方と教え方』作成プロジェクト - Project to produce a reference book for teachers on the concept and teaching of so-called 'formal substantive'. A series of seminar workshops, University of York, 2016-2019 (co-organiser and chair)


Editorial work

Contact details

Megumi Bailey
Lecturer in Japanese
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room : V/C/107