Born and raised in northern part of China, my life trajectory was mostly confined here. Things didn’t change that much when I was admitted by Shandong University (a university in my province). During my bachelor’s study, I majored in English and German (but unfortunately my German skill becomes very rusty now due to lack of practice) and I finally had access to various big cultures. Though I attended the course “Intercultural Communication” at that time, my biggest interest was still translation and I even dedicated my thesis to this topic. But don’t get me wrong, my interest in translation never dies out. Even till today, I still work as a part-time translator.
Later that year, I took part in the TESOL programme at the University of Edinburgh and started my masters journey, during which I had access to the current situation of language teaching in a globalized context. Also, I befriended with people from different cultural backgrounds. Inspired by the programme and my personal experience, I thus wrote my dissertation on future Chinese primary school teachers’ attitudes toward using stories to cultivate student’s ICC.
After contemplating my research proposal, I finally figured out my research interests, namely ELF and intercultural communication, and decided to discover new possibilities of my life by doing a PhD in Manchester. So, here I am now. Hopefully I can throw some publications on this page later during my study (fingers crossed).