Bronson Hui

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

I had been a teacher of English as a foreign language in a secondary school for three years in Hong Kong before I came to Oxford. I had some training in general/English Linguistics and English Language Education in my undergraduate studies. I have always been keen on language and language learning in general, and interested in the more theoretical aspects of the issues.

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

The fact that I can bump into some of the big names in the field as I am reading their work in the common room. Because they actually give us lectures, I feel like I can hear their voice as I read. This is truly amazing.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

The name of Oxford; the wonderful people it gathers; and the match between the course and my interests.

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

The ability to think and to read, which I am still learning.

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

Same as (3) really, plus the friendly and supportive environment here at the Department.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I intend to go back to teaching, and apply the knowledge I have acquired here, possibly consider doing a doctorate in a long run.

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

make use of the library resources, learn to identify research papers through efficient search strategies and use of databases, and read a number of them (well, you don’t have to, but you would be advised to – that’s what they usually say). More importantly, I would make a list of ways to treat myself well when under stress.

What are three things that you might suggest to students coming after you to help them get the most out of their time here?

It depends on the goals different people have, but time is limited, so one wouldn’t want to plan to fail.

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