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MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching, 2016


What made you select the University of Southampton?

University of Southampton is one of the leading universities in the UK, especially in the field of Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching. The department is the fourth best department in the UK at that time.

Moreover, Southampton city is located only 2 hours drive from London, my favourite city in the world. Thus, the living cost is much cheaper than London, but I can still visit London every week.

What was it like studying here?

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences)?

Southampton University is best for its academic community since it has diverse students, and academic staff from various nationalities. Therefore, the academic atmosphere is vibrant, where you can gain knowledge and experiences not only from the UK, but also from various countries around the globe.

Southampton is also the best for its library (Hartley library), providing 24 hours service and great facilities. The library is very comfortable and warm in the winter. Thus, no wonder I spent mostly 7 hours in a day both on weekdays and weekends in the library.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed most the classroom environment since it consisted of students coming from various countries, such as China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greek, Czech, England, Europe, US, Caribbean Islands, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, etc. Thus, I gain many knowledge and experiences about English learning and teaching from various countries. Moreover, It was a great experience pairing up with classmates from various countries for group work, where I must learn and understand cultural sensitivity from other countries.

How has your degree helped develop your career?

After having MA degree in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching, I can easily find a job as an English tutor at various institutions in Indonesia, particularly because I am a UK graduate, which is known as one of the most challenging place to study for International students. So, being a UK graduate, particularly from Southampton University, help me to develop my carrier in Indonesia.

What interesting projects have you been involved in that you would like to tell us about since graduating?

I am currently working on my PhD Project in University of Newcastle Australia majoring in Linguistics. All the courses that I studied from my master degree are very useful for my current project. Overall graduating from Southampton university, which is ranked as one of the best universities in the UK, help me obtain a PhD offer at an Australian university.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?

Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Linguistics at University of Newcastle, Australian. I am now in the fourth semester of my PhD study

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector? What could they be doing now to make themselves more employable when they graduate?

Do you have any future ambitions?

After completing my PhD, I want to focus my carrier on teaching university students and research in Applied linguistic area.

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