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Blind student confronts the odds to teach English

2015-06-05 16:10

The life of 32-year-old Zheng Jianwei is beyond the imagination of most visually impaired people in China. Diagnosed as totally blind at birth, he has never had the chance to see light or color, according to the China Daily. 

But the dream of pursuing a better life led him to become the first vision-impaired candidate to take the International English Language Testing System in China’s southwest region and earn a master’s degree in Britain. Zheng graduated from a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course at the University of Essex in Britain last summer.

Desmond Thomas, a Tesol course leader at the University of Essex, offered Zheng a place in the course despite his limited teaching experience. Zheng was the first blind Chinese student to study at the university and the only one with a disability in his class of 13 students.

“I want to get a PhD and work for education for the disabled,” he said. “Only through education can we gain more freedom.”


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