Pham Thi Xuan (Quynh)

Quynh

Pham Thi Xuan

Vietnam
I chose NTU because it is located in Nottingham, which is not too crowded, and the cost of living is affordable. I had been working for years, but I felt that a higher degree could advance my career.

More about Quynh

Can you tell us why you chose to study in the UK and why you chose NTU?

“My main reason for choosing the UK is because it offers year-long courses. I chose NTU because it is located in Nottingham, which is not too crowded, and the cost of living is affordable. Secondly, I found the course modules interesting. Lastly, a friend of mine who studied on the course recommended it.”

What route did you take into postgraduate study?

“I had been working for years, but I felt that a higher degree could advance my career.”

What were the key features that attracted you to your course?

“I loved the idea of sharing teaching experiences with my classmates and tutors, then reflecting on methodology books. We gained a deeper insight into our previous teaching methods.”

When choosing a course for postgraduate study what did you consider it important to have?

“Scholarship opportunities are important because if not, it’s unaffordable for me.”

What modules have you particularly enjoyed?

“My favourite modules are course design and assessment, and English language teaching for young learners. The course design module is useful for all teachers, and it prepared me for a higher level of responsibility in my career. The other is a combination between theory, practice, and self-reflection.”

How does the way you study at NTU differ from your previous experience of studying?

“The first difference I noticed was that I had to read a lot at NTU, and understand and decipher what I read. Back in my country, I generally learned off by heart. The classes here are shorter, and there is more independent learning. I have to manage my time strictly to meet assignment deadlines.”

If you are working as well as studying, what does your job entail and how do you juggle both?

“I worked part-time at a nail salon to support myself during university. The working hours were flexible, which meant that I could work less if I had to study.”

What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?

“Making new friends and getting the chance to get to know our respectable tutors.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I will devote my time and ability to teach English to children and students in Vietnam. I want to see more youths in my country use English to study and explore the world.”

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