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Mairi Law

MSc TESOL

Scotland

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

I realised that I needed a recognised ELT qualification in order to further my career and decided that it would be more worthwhile getting a recognised academic qualification than other ELT qualifications.

What attracted you to Stirling?

I was attracted to Stirling because it is a well-known university, the campus looked an attractive place to study and I saw that the Faculty of Social Sciences was rated among the highest in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (1st in Scotland) prior to my application.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?

I enjoyed learning from lecturers who really knew their subjects and who were passionate about TESOL. I also enjoyed interacting with my course peers, who were from a variety of countries and had experience teaching in a wide variety of contexts.

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

I most enjoyed the modules in which there was the most ‘real world’ application, especially Syllabus Design, Testing and Teaching Young Learners.

Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?

Absolutely! Having the degree was key to me being employed as the Academic Director at an institute that I had previously worked at as a teacher. Also, the knowledge I gained on the degree was key to giving me the confidence to set up my own ELT consultancy after leaving that institute. Furthermore, I am interested in doing further study in the next few years and I know that the research skills I learnt at Stirling will stand me in good stead for that eventuality. I have remained in contact with my course peers and lecturers that I met during the course. Furthermore, I was able to join SATEFL as a result of events that they held on campus at Stirling.

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

I would advise any prospective student considering Stirling to go for it and once they are at Stirling to fully immerse themselves in the Stirling experience! Stirling is a great place to study with its beautiful, spacious, campus, knowledgeable lecturers and diverse student body.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

My postgraduate degree was very demanding, but it was worth every moment. I immensely enjoyed studying at Stirling and living nearby in Bridge of Allan. I made friends that I am still in contact with and gained a thorough knowledge of English language teaching.

If you have now graduated, what are you doing now?

After graduating I worked as the Academic Director of a private English institute in Bolivia and I now have my own English teaching consultancy, also in Bolivia. In this new role, I am able to fully apply the valuable skills and knowledge I gained at Stirling and I am now able to design tailored curriculums and materials that are most suitable for each of my students to successfully learn English.

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