Jong Gab Choi (DPhil)

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

I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics and Literature and a master’s degree in English Education in Korea. I also got a teaching certificate for secondary school, and I taught English to junior high school students. In 2008, I came to the U.K to study for the MEd in TESOL at University of Exeter. Then, I moved to Oxford to take the MSc in Educational Research Methodology (ERM), and I proceeded to do a DPhil.

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

It is a small but very friendly department. Academic staff, administrative staff, and library staff are all very supportive, so I can undertake my research with their help. I also enjoy meeting a range of people who have various research interests and different perspectives and learning their culture. In addition, it is such a great experience to attend a variety of intellectually intriguing seminars.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I found the professors, lecturers, and researchers supportive and encouraging while I was doing the MSc ERM.

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

To be a successful Education student, especially as a DPhil student, one has to be enthusiastic to keep doing their own research and organized to properly manage their time. In addition, I think ‘critical thinking’ would be one of the most important abilities to make Education students successful. It would make one’s research more distinctive and creative.

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

Above all, the research environment is great. As mentioned before, all academic and administrative members are helpful and encouraging, and a variety of interesting lectures or seminars by different research groups are provided. In addition, the department welcomes students from all around the world and is very helpful to establish and maintain good relationships with other students who have different backgrounds. Moreover, it is a very friendly and welcoming place, so anyone would feel warm and cosy while spending time around the department.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I hope to complete my program of study on time and to be a competent researcher. After that, I would like to continue researching on the topics I am interested in and teach students somewhere in my country. I also hope to contribute to the field of Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition.

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

I would definitely do more reading on my topic as much as possible, and study more on statistics.

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