Dr Hong Ding graduated from Dalian University of Languages with BA in English Education. She then worked as an English teacher in a top-ranked high school in China for 7 years. During this time, she received her MA in English Teaching from Liaoning Normal University. In 2003, she was awarded an Overseas Research Scheme scholarship to study for a PhD degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Based in the Department of Educational Studies, she enjoyed reading intensively and exploring issues of language, culture and identity. With her thesis submitted successfully, she gained her Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2009. She has since had articles published, done peer reviews and tutored international BA students. Now she is happy if her knowledge and skills can be used to help the youngsters from the Chinese community in Colchester.