Please tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, your background etc?
I majored in English (for high school education) as an undergraduate at Gannan Normal University. I was lucky enough to become an English teacher in a higher vocational college. Now I teach English in Guangzhou Nanyang Polytechnic in Guangzhou, China.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
I learnt about this MA programme from one of my former colleagues who applied for this course at the University of Leeds. According to her, the programme had a decade of history in China and was helpful for her career development. Then I learned more about the famous Leeds University and this programme from the internet. I had been teaching in a higher vocational college for approximately three years before I applied for the MA programme. I had great enthusiasm for teaching as well as love and patience for my students but I found that what I knew was very limited. I needed further study to refresh my knowledge and skills in EFL teaching and researching.
What did you think of your course – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?
I have been taught by leading researchers and experienced teachers in TESOL from the University of Leeds and Guangwai and have benefited a lot from a wide range of resources and support. Teachers have helped me to understand what language education research is. I have gained valuable skills that have improved my teaching and researching practice.
What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?
The learning facilities are satisfying and meet our learning needs.
How did you find the student support in the School?
Student support is fine. Teachers are nice and keen to help. They always respond quickly once we need support.
What do you think about Leeds as a city?
Leeds is a lovely city.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
Please do not hesitate to apply to the course. Come and enjoy studying with these excellent teachers and researchers. You will never regret it.
What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?
I have changed my job. Although I am still teaching in a foreign language faculty within a higher vocational college in Guangzhou, I have better opportunities to make use of my skills learnt through the MA programme. Now, I am the head teacher of English language teaching and researching section. I hope I can lead fellow teachers in the college to explore more effective teaching modes and engage in more high-quality teaching research.