More about Zheng
Can you tell us why you chose to study in the UK and why you chose NTU?
“Firstly, I chose the UK because I think the British education system is the most advanced in the world. Secondly, since I am doing my Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), it made sense to do it in the UK. Thirdly, the MA TESOL degree is widely recognised by many countries around the world, which means I will have more chances to find a job in the future.
“I chose NTU because it is one of the fastest developing UK universities. NTU also has one of the highest employment rates in the UK. Finally, I like Nottingham as a city because it is not too crowded or noisy, and not too quiet either.”
What route did you take into postgraduate study?
“When I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in China, I worked for nearly three years. Following that, I left and undertook a pre-Masters course at Kaplan, after which I came to NTU to do my MA TESOL course.”
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
“This course not only teaches us what we need to know to become teachers, it also gives me an opportunity to have a series of practical classes. When I graduate, I will have the opportunity to find a good job, not only in my home country, but also in other countries where the native language is not English.”
How do you feel about coming to a UK university?
“The British education system gives me an opportunity to study independently. The teachers always encourage us, and they try their best to increase our motivation. In terms of language, I have more opportunities to practice and improve my English with my classmates.”
What modules have you particularly enjoyed / found useful?
“We have a module called Exploring English Language Learning and Teaching, and I think this is really useful. Work-based learning is really important to me, and this module is very practical. The first part of the module covers teaching, listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The second part of the module is about practising what we have learnt.”
How does the way you study at NTU differ from your previous experience of studying?
“Students are given more opportunities to express their ideas. If you are going in the wrong direction, the teachers will guide you back on track. Also, I have more freedom when it comes to writing essays, which helps me build my independence.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
“The most frequent place I visit is the library. There is a variety of books there, and I can find nearly everything I need for my study. Also, I don’t need to bring my laptop to the library as I can hire one.”
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?
“I was a volunteer English teacher at the central library for six months. I can now apply the knowledge I learnt in the classroom to those students. Teaching also forces you to solve unforeseen problems, and I think this could help me become a real teacher quickly.”
Have your career plans changed as a result of your postgraduate study?
“No. At the beginning of my course, I dreamt of becoming a PhD student. Now that I have finished my MA TESOL course, I have applied for postgraduate research study at NTU. My goal is to become a university lecturer.”
How have you found the postgraduate community at NTU?
“I think the postgraduate students at NTU are really nice, and they always help each other. In our spare time, they always give me brilliant ideas on how to make university life fun. For example, they might invite us to have dinner together, or hang out together. Moreover, if anyone has a new message from any of the teachers, they will share it with all of us.”