Lleuwen Hedd, MSc Language Teaching 2019
'I would recommend this programme to others without a shadow of a doubt. It has been one of the most rewarding years of my life.'
Lleuwen is Welsh and prior to studying at Edinburgh, she graduated from the University of Liverpool in Modern European Languages. She then went on to teach English as a Foreign Language at two universities and an English language academy in France for two years.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Edinburgh?
I was particularly interested in this course – I did some research into various other courses beforehand and decided that this was the programme for me. I was also aware of the University’s reputation as one of the best in the world, and I was, therefore, very eager to study here. Edinburgh itself was also a big selling point as it seemed like such a beautiful city to live and study in (and it didn’t disappoint!).
Why did you choose to study this degree?
I wanted to deepen my knowledge of developments in the field of language learning and teaching. I had already completed a CELTA course and I was therefore keen to get a much deeper knowledge and understanding of methodologies and developments relating to a broader language learning and teaching context than English as a Foreign Language.
What did you enjoy most about the programme?
One of the aspects I enjoyed most about the course was being able to study in such a multi-national and multi-lingual setting. I enjoyed all the modules I undertook, but I particularly enjoyed developing my understanding of various theories and developments. Moreover, all of the lecturers were always so helpful and supportive.
What specific skills did you develop?
I would say that this programme developed a variety of skills, but I think the skill I developed the most was my critical thinking. My ability to critically analyse academic texts improved significantly over the course of the programme, and I feel that this, in turn, helped to develop my academic writing skills.
What was the most useful thing you learned in your lectures, workshops and tutorials?
One of the most useful things I learned was the fact that I should analyse information critically rather than always accept them at face value.
Why would you recommend the programme to others?
I would recommend this programme to others without a shadow of a doubt. It has been one of the most rewarding years of my life.
In what way do you think the degree will contribute to your career?
This course has reinforced my desire to teach languages and has inspired me to undertake a PGCE course. I can now call upon the knowledge and skills I developed during this programme to help me progress.
What advice would you give to someone considering studying this programme at Edinburgh?
The programme can be quite challenging at times, so don’t let any insecurity or fear prevent you from asking for advice or help. The programme also requires a significant amount of reading, so if you’re not particularly used to reading a lot, especially academic journals, start reading as soon as you can and get used to time management early on in the academic year!
Now that you have graduated, what are you currently doing?
I am currently undertaking a PGCE course in order to qualify as a modern languages teacher.
What advice would you give to someone looking to work in your industry?
Make the most of the opportunities to develop as a teacher and develop your own skills and share the joy of learning languages.