Faculty of Education and Social Work


Shuping Liang


Since the writing of this profile, Shuping Liang has completed the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and has been offered a job teaching ESOL and Chinese at an Auckland school.
Since the writing of this profile, Shuping Liang has completed the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and has been offered a job teaching ESOL and Chinese at an Auckland school.

After working as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in China for several years, I felt that it was time for me to pursue a degree specialising in teaching to enhance my knowledge of teaching practices and theories. I also wanted to focus on teaching teenagers.

I chose to study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) because it will qualify me to teach in secondary schools in New Zealand. Another benefit of this programme is that I have two options of subjects to teach, which are ESOL and Chinese, making it more flexible for me when seeking employment opportunities.

I really enjoy the task-based approach for teaching languages. The lectures have enhanced my understanding of the theories, helped me to reflect back on my previous teaching and assisted me in making lesson-planning decisions.

I also enjoy the practicum, which give students the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers, get familiar with the New Zealand secondary school system, and have a real interaction with teachers and students. The experiences I have gained will be valuable for my future career.

The teaching quality at the University is very high and the faculty staff provide efficient and warm support. Studying in a culturally diverse campus has also been a positive and eye-opening experience for me.