How to contact us

Dr Catherine Xiang
Language Co-ordinator (Mandarin)
LSE Language Centre
Houghton Street

Tel: +44 (0)20  7955 6929|


Japanese Language and Culture via Animation (New Course)

Project overview

Research has shown that in recent years, great interest been generated in the UK and beyond about Japanese animation. The unique feature of this art form has become particularly popular with younger generations and the proposed project 'Japanese Language and Culture through Animation' aims to seize this phenomenon for language education purposes.

It is believed that through learning about Japanese language and culture through this rich art form will provide meaning, motivation and relevance for our students.

This project is funded and supported by the Japan Foundation and has achieved the following outcomes:

  • A new Level 4 Certificate course have been presented for approval to run from academic year 2014-15
  • A full syllabus with teaching materials have been designed
  • An online course website with interactive online resources has been developed via Moodle, see This is open to all. Please ask for free access via  

Project team

  • Hiromi Stewart (LSE)
  • Stephanie Chiang (LSE)
  • Catherine Xiang (LSE)
  • Mika Takewa (External reviewer, University of Leeds)