Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

  • 5
  • by Ma Tengfei
  • graduated
  • studied MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • from China

Culture is an indispensable part of language.

I worked as an English teacher in my old English training school. I am from China. I taught English for about six years. So I have found in China right now there are more translators teaching Master’s and this is the dominant way of teaching Master’s in my country which I think is not very suitable for my students to develop their communicative competence. The students are aged from twelve to sixteen, but right now I am thinking I want to improve their oral English so I have an idea in my mind that my tutor inspired. I want to set up a café, people can go there and have a comfortable environment for them to practise their oral English. So they can enjoy their coffee, their cakes and also they can taste the culture, the Western culture, the English speaking countries’ culture. So I think culture is an indispensable part of the language. So, it is very important for students to know the culture of the language.

Also, the most important thing I want my student to know is: what is the purpose of language? It’s for communication, it’s not for examination. That is the most important thing I want to change. This TESOL programme is not only to train you to be a very professional teacher but I think by staying in the UK and studying here you come across different people, different contexts, different countries and they really broadened my horizon and you have a new way to look at the world.