Mr Jonathan Bunt

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

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Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Undergraduate Programme Director for Japanese Studies

I have a BA in English from Bristol University. After a PGCE (also at Bristol) I went to Japan on the JET Programme and worked in schools as a teaching assistant and for the local education authorities. I subsequently taught at colleges and University and stayed in Japan for 8 years, returning after 2 years to do an MA in TEFL at UEA Norwich after which I went back to Japan where I took a certificate as a teacher of Japanese as a foreign language.

I came to Manchester in 1997 and have been teaching Japanese and helping to develop Japanese Studies programmes since then, acting as first Head of Department for the new area of East Asian Studies. I have worked widely in teaching Japanese in the UK and beyond e.g.  as an external examiner at other institutions and as first vice-chair of the British Association for Teaching Japanese (BATJ). I have produced a dictionary and grammar of Japanese for learners (both published by OUP).

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  • I teach Japanese on the BA Japanese Studies degree. My teaching includes parts of all units of the language programme and I primarily cover translation, grammar and reading.
  • I teach about Japanese cinema and society (JAPA12222) and have also taught Japanese and Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema on LALC10001, Introduction to World Cinema
  • I tutor on the MA in Translation Studies and I have recently part-supervised a PhD in Translation Studies and am currently part-supervising one in Japanese Studies with a colleague in Linguistics


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