Jill Boggs

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

I had completed a course-based MA in applied linguistics and was teaching freshmen English composition and presentation classes at a university in South Korea. I was looking to start a doctoral programme, but my lack of research experience was hindering that move forward.

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

Without a doubt, the best part is the people – everyone here is amazing. The faculty are among the best in the world in their fields, the librarians and administrative staff are knowledgeable and approachable, and everyone seems dedicated to the success of the students.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

Oxford is known for its quality education programmes, for its outstanding researchers, and for the high standards it sets for the students. Additionally, the PGDip TELUS allowed me to continue working, testing out and putting into immediate practice the things I was learning in the course. This allowed me to make connections between theory and practice that may have otherwise been missed.

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

This is a very difficult question to answer because there are all kinds of people here in the Department of Education, and they all possess unique skill sets, knowledge, and ways of handling coursework. Certainly self-motivation and time-management skills are key for my course because the PGDip TELUS is quite intense, and for many of us the coursework is on top of full-time teaching responsibilities.

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 reasons are the same as the ones given above regarding what I like most about studying in the Department of Education – the outstanding faculty, librarians, and administrative staff. This environment attracts talented and motivated students who contribute to the positive atmosphere of the department.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

After finishing this course, I’m hoping that the research skills I’ve gained will allow me to move into a doctoral programme. Upon completion of that, I would like to return to a Korean university to research and teach, but I am also open to working in another country, especially one where learners are studying English in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) environment.

If I had known before I started the course what I know now, I would have tried to relax and enjoy the journey more. I always want to get things just right, but often the process is just as important as the result. I would have also tried to have more confidence in my ideas, but this is something that comes with experience.

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

I would advise future TELUS students to schedule a few extra days after the residential unit to use the library and other facilities and meet some of the students living here. Secondly, try to keep the big picture in mind. It’s easy to get caught up in the small things and lose focus. Thirdly, don’t be afraid to ask questions and request help. The faculty and staff here are dedicated to the students’ success, but you have to make your needs known.

Page last modified: April 28, 2014

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