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As a Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Takako is leading the Japanese language program at MIT.

As a Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Takako is leading the Japanese language program at MIT. She is responsible for shaping the future direction of MIT's Japanese language curricula and is tackling challenging questions such as how to integrate technology into their language curricula. She has a long history of teaching Japanese at various universities both in the United States and in Japan as indicated in her CV. Also, she is developing a state of the art language learning application (called ‘JaJan’) in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT and the Kanda University of International Studies (Japan).  JaJan can provide us a study-abroad experience virtually, and is expected to make a great contribution to the field of language teaching. Her research interests include: interface issues between language education and technology; language pedagogy; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); computer-mediated communication (CMC); and Japanese linguistics.  Prior to MIT, she worked for Machine Translation team and Natural Language Processing group at Microsoft Research. During her time at Microsoft Research, she worked on various projects related to language technology including machine translation.