Sani Yantandu Uba
I come from Kano-State in Nigeria, where I obtained my NCE and BA Ed English Language. I have taught English language at primary and secondary schools from 1996 to 1998 in Nigeria. I have also taught English language at Kano State Polytechnic from 2006 to 2007. My research interests lie on corpus linguistics and academic English.
My motivation to study in Leeds
I browsed many UK universities and I found this course very fascinating and appropriate to my area of research interest. I also applied four UK universities but I was receiving prompt responses from this university. What makes me passionate about this area of study is that it has broadened my knowledge and critical thinking.
I have enjoyed all the modules taught, but I have really enjoyed Teaching English for Academic and Professional Purposes; and Corpora in Teaching English for Specific Purposes most because they are new areas of research interest in my country.
The learning facilities here are very fascinating and I was so excited with them. The student support service has been very helpful and staff have provided prompt information and support.
I would recommend prospective applicant to study this course in this University because the academic tutors have international reputations and apply different teaching approaches and methods. They always give constructive written feedback, as well regular meetings with for our academic and personal development.
Outside of study
Aside from my studies, I joined the postgraduate students’ clubs. The city of Leeds is very vibrant and cosmopolitan. It is seven minutes’ walk from the University and also there are African and Caribbean foodstuffs in the city market.
My career aspirations are to further my research interest on corpus linguistics and academic English; and to be teaching these areas.