Yumi is an associate lecturer in Japanese. She originally joined the Languages for All programme as a part-time tutor in 1998 while undertaking her PhD in intercultural communication research and training at the Psychology department, University of York.
While teaching at the LFA she worked as a translator within academic settings and for commercial projects in the UK and Japan. She is also involved with teaching and administering GCSE Japanese exams in the York area, and provides support to visiting Japanese students through the Centre for Global Programmes (CGP) at the University of York.
Prior to this Yumi completed her training in translation and interpreting at Osaka College of Foreign Languages, a TEFL course at Luton College, BSc in Psychology at the University of York, followed by the acquisition of the Japanese Language Instructors Qualification Certificate. In Japan she initially worked as an English teacher in Osaka and was involved in translation and management within international companies in Tokyo.
Based on her research and experience working in international business environments, she is particularly interested in exploring the process of intercultural communication and how cultural awareness in one’s own communication style helps people in improving their interaction skills. Incorporation of cultural aspects in language learning is therefore an important aspect of her teaching practice.