When applying for English language courses one of my main priorities was to actively apply what was covered in class to real-world contexts and Aston University assured me they too had the same priority. The modules offered on the course especially in the second and final year give opportunities to explore different fields of linguistics by conducting real—life investigations. For example my Computer Mediated Communication module in my second year focused on language use online by collecting and analysing actual online communication. This certainly warrants constant investigation considering the amount of time spent online.
Thanks to the strong global links the university has, I was given the opportunity to work as an English Teaching assistant at Paderborn University a well reputed university located in Paderborn, a small yet vibrant city in North-west Germany. The placement gave me the chance to quickly undertake a teacher role by leading classes, planning future lessons and constructing examinations.
The excellent careers service provided by Aston University enabled me to communicate and network with various lecturers and heads of department in and out of the UK. This will undoubtedly stand me in good stead when applying for teaching jobs and embarking on a teaching career in the future as I have already built up a healthy network of prospective colleagues.