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).
Thanks for bearing with me for my very underdeveloped professional life, now you get to the slightly more exciting part–my interests. I’m a huge fan of rock music (mainly indie and garage, but really anything), classic films and of course books. Any recommendations of good music, films and books are always welcomed.
Congratulations on arriving at the very end. A little life philosophy as a reward: never judge a book by its cover and don’t assume the green thing on my profile picture is me. My real life photo is displayed on this page.
Final edit: if you think my page is at least a little bit entertaining, my secret is being a Gen Z but luckily not a TikTok generation.