Xiong Meng Yao - Early Childhood Education


Xiong Meng Yao, (Ted), came to live in New Zealand in 2009. Originally from China, Ted decided to come out and join his sister who was working in early childhood education here.
He came with a goal - to improve his English language to the highest possible level. Ted felt that if he could achieve this goal, he would adjust to life in New Zealand, and set himself up for study at a tertiary institute.
Ted initially enrolled into tertiary study in architecture in Wellington. This did not last long. After a visit to his sister’s work one day, he made a decision to change direction, and left architecture behind for study in early childhood education.


This decision was cemented after talking with the international enrolments team at the Whitireia Porirua Campus.   Ted went onto enrol in the Whitireia Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme at the Auckland Campus.

In June 2011, Ted started his study at the Auckland Campus.  After completing his first practical assignment he knew he had made the right decision to change his career pathway.  “Completing work experience in the early childhood centre has made me realise that a hands on career working with children is the way for me” said Ted.  “Working a desk job is now out of the question”.  Enjoying the style of teaching and learning, Ted successfully finished his study and will graduate in November with his Diploma.

With higher study on the horizon the original goal Ted had set himself when he came out to New Zealand, was still on his mind.  He needed to improve his English language to a higher level.  Needing IELTS of 7.0 to study the Whitireia Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Ted worked hard to achieve this.  In fact as in a few short months he not only achieved the IELTS required at this level of study, he exceeded and reached an IELTS level of 7.5 7.0 in reading, 6.0 writing and 7.5 in listening.  

Ted attributes his English language success from an improvement of an IELTS of 5.5 to the frequent testing on the English language programme, his dedication to self study and the help he received from Whitireia tutors.  “Practicing English everyday helped me reach my goals – I have improved my English language to the highest level and am now able to study Early Childhood Education at degree level”. 

Thanks to dedication and commitment to his English language study, Ted is now well on the way to becoming an Early Childhood Educator in New Zealand or perhaps back in China!

Whitireia offers a range of student support services to international students, to help with study success.


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