Andy Harris (DPhil)

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

Earlier on, I was teaching EFL abroad – I worked in Eastern Europe for a few years, Western Europe for a few years, and finally South America for a while. I came back to the UK to take a MA in Applied Linguistic at King’s. For the past ten years I’ve been working in Universities in London running/teaching on pre-sessional and in-sessional EAP courses.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

I’m a part-time student with a full time job who lives in London, so I don’t feel I have much experience of studying in Oxford. That said, my experience with members of staff in Education has been excellent, in terms of their professionalism and rigour.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

My supervisor.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

If you’re embarking on a part-time DPhil, the ability to look ahead and work out deadlines for yourself is pretty important. Endurance and perseverance, as well as systematic note-taking/reading skills also help.

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

The staff, especially if you want very thorough feedback on everything you do. And, although I don’t get to go to many, the seminars.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I’d like to keep a foot in EAP pre/in-sessionals, but maybe divide this with work on modules in applied linguistics.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

…have bought a very big book on research methods

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