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Shi, Application for Ph.D. Study in Michigan State University Oct. 1999
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My Statement of Purpose
I intend to apply for the Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology in the College of
Education, Michigan State University for the fall of 2000.
Motivation and Purpose
My motivation of further study and research on Educational psychology has something to
do with my son's early reading experience in addition to my language teaching career.
I received my MA is linguistics and applied linguistic in 1992 from Shanghai Jiao Tong
University. I became a faculty member in the school of Foreign Languages of the same
university immediately after graduation. I have kept a keen interest in second language
acquisition, especially in TESOL. In 1995 I became a mother. I had an impulse to do an
experiment: trying to make my son bilingual, able to speak both Chinese, ou