Claudia Civinini

10 questions with…Li Wei

The new dean and director of the UCL Institute of Education talks about his lack of a formal education as a child and the importance of learning languages

Li Wei, dean of the UCL Institute of Education

A world-leading scholar in applied linguistics and language education, Professor Li Wei is taking up his post as the new dean and director of the UCL Institute of Education this week. Here, he talks to Tes about how he did not access formal schooling until he was 15, his thoughts on fee-paying schools and why he believes learning languages is so important.

1. Can you tell us about your background and education?

I was born in and grew up in Beijing, China, during the later years of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and I did not have any proper school to go to – that was the time when there was ...

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