Balance and planning your dissertation by Mian

Mian photoI am a student pursuing an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. My dissertation is a questionnaire-based study, which means it will take a lot of time to design, hand out, collect my data, and analyse it. I prepared my questionnaire design in April and used the entire month of May to collect data from my participants. At the same time, I was studying the third-term modules and doing the assignments for each class. Following the third term, I travelled to Norway in order to clear my mind and relax; it is important to approach the dissertation with a level head. Currently, I am analysing my research data and writing my dissertation. Overall a well-planned schedule is really useful for a smooth dissertation period, and may help you avoid suffering to complete your work too close to the deadline! :D

Mian’s advice on exams and studying

My MA TESOL programme combines theory and practice. In the theory study classroom, because the size of the class is quite small, each course is a workshop-lecture. Before each lesson, my classmates and I read the reference book and come with questions. In the class, the lecturers participate in our group discussion. After the class we also have the study group of 3-4 people, discussing the reading questions or assignment together.

For the teaching practice, I often write my plans on my own, then share it with peers for modification. After the lessons and each tutor’s feedback we still have peer evaluations that we organize ourselves, which is very useful!

There are workshops for fine-tuning research skills, dissertation writing, and exciting conferences that King’s offers. One of my classmates even won the fund from King’s to participate in an international TESOL conference.

Q&A with Mian, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Why did you choose to study MA TESOL?
I have always been fascinated by linguistics.

Why did you choose to study at King’s?
King’s reputation as a global top-20 university attracted me. And its location in London, which means loads of job opportunities and activities that students can take part in: movie festivals, fashion week, cultural festivals.

Where are the students in your class from?
They are from China, Japan, Thailand, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, UK…

How are the tutors of your course? 
Nick is the programme director and he is so nice; he is always willing to offer academic advice, life advice or books to students :)

Mian Hu is from China and studies an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at King’s College London. The photo was taken when I was doing my teaching practice at IH (International House, London), which is a language school for overseas students. We study the theoretic teaching principles at King’s, and then practice these principles and approaches at IH. This MA model aims to fill in the gap between SLA (second language acquisition) theory and practice, which is challenging and provides a sense of fulfilment.

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