Research student insight
Xin ‘Skye’ Zhao
Xin ‘Skye’ Zhao first joined our Department after studying her undergraduate degree at Shanghai International Studies University in English and Chinese linguistics and literature. Following this, she travelled to the UK and undertook our postgraduate MA Education (International Education) before deciding to research her PhD.
She is researching: The role language plays in students’ learning development in English as a foreign classroom.
Skye hopes that her research can unfold learning developments and inform pedagogical practice for students learning new languages.
Developing her research interest
Skye has always been interested in studying how learning takes place in a classroom environment.
“I have always wondered; what kind of role does language play in our communication? This kind of question inspired me to carry out my current project.”
She hopes that through investigating case study classrooms, the research can inform pedagogical practice and improve students’ language learning development.
“I have really enjoyed working with students. They always give me new ideas on my research and motivate me to work harder!”
Researching at the University of Bath
During her time at the University, Skye has presented in three international conferences and many UK conferences (supported by her supervisors and the Department). She has also been able to do some teaching within the Department of Education.
“The staff in the Department of Education are very friendly. They provide a lot of development opportunities for me, especially my supervisors who are absolutely amazing and supportive for my academic study and my life in UK.”
In addition to her research, Skye is also a Resident Tutor for the University and works closely with international offices providing warfare support to both home and overseas students.
Plans for the future
Once Skye has completed her thesis, she plans to pursue an academic career.
“The research experience I have gained has given me the ability to think critically and independently, enabling me to work as an independent researcher as well as working as a team member. The knowledge and skills I have gained during my PhD are priceless and will certainly open a new horizon for my future work!”
If you would like to find out more about Skye’s research then you can contact her by email: email@example.com