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Thang Nguyen


What I love most about the course is how challenging it is, so in terms of career development, I think it’s the best preparation for the future.

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Can you tell us about your Masters project?

“My Masters project is about pragmatics, and examining the use of language in daily life. If there’s one thing my tutors and my classmates can tell you about me, it’s how much I love this field of study.”

What made you choose to study at NTU, and in the UK?

“I chose NTU because they offered a smaller cohort for my course, meaning that I’d be well taken care of, compared to similar courses in other research universities. Another reason I chose NTU is because this is one of the few universities where my girlfriend, who is studying fashion marketing, and I could both study together.”

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“I can’t thank my course leader, Amy Wang, enough for her tireless support within and outside the classroom. I also like the fact that my classmates and I are always pushing each other forward, and comforting each other in times of good or bad with food.”

What do you think about the course staff?

“The staff have been more than excellent. Our lecturers are so knowledgeable that I’m just in awe of their expertise. It’s nice that we have tutorials outside of class times to further discuss our lectures.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you?

“I think the DICe building is a hidden gem of NTU. It’s nice and quiet, and I can get work done five feet away from all the subject textbooks I need.”

As an international student, what do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?

“I like Nottingham because everything here is very affordable compared to other big cities like London or Manchester. Also, everything is within walking distance. Nottingham is my second home where I’ve learnt to live independently, and I appreciate the city for giving me this opportunity.”

Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study MA English Language Teaching?

“I would recommend my course to an experienced teacher with a strong interest in professional development. The course is a good combination between theory and practice.”

How do you think the course, and having a postgraduate qualification, will help you to progress your career?

“What I love most about the course is how challenging it is, so in terms of career development, I think it’s the best preparation for the future. Being a teacher is not as nice and dreamy as one would normally think. This knowledge also allowed me to explore my field of interest and develop my expertise in it, which will allow me to become a better teacher and inspire others.”

What has been your greatest achievement at NTU so far?

“My first assignment for the module Course Design and Assessment was my greatest achievement so far. I challenged myself with an unusual teaching context – teaching English to footballers, a field that is rarely written about.”

How has the NTU international scholarship helped you?

“I found out about the international scholarship from the NTU website. It certainly helped alleviate some financial burden on my family. The scholarship played a big role in my decision making process, especially with a scholarship scheme as extensive as NTU.”

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