Takako
Aikawa
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
14N-314
617-324-5074

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Bio

As a Senior Lecturer in Japanese, I am leading the Japanese language program at MIT. I am responsible for shaping the future direction of MIT's Japanese language curricula and am tackling challenging questions such as how to integrate technology into MIT’s Japanese language curricula. I have a long history of teaching Japanese at various universities both in the United States and in Japan. 

Also, I am developing innovative language learning applications using augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT.  

My research interests include: technology in language education; language pedagogy; Japanese linguistics; use of corpus data for language learning; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); and natural language processing (NLP).  Prior to MIT, I worked for Machine Translation team and NLP group at Microsoft Research. 

Research Areas / Expertise: Japanese linguistics and pedagogy, technology in language education, natural language processing, MOOCs, use of corpus data for language learning.

Education:
1993 Ph.D. Ohio State University
1982 M.A. Ohio State University
1980 B.A. Tsuda College, Japan