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Isamar Carrillo Masso (BA Applied Linguistics 2008)


I have taught English, Literature and Linguistics since 1997 in Venezuela, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Oman, and the UK. I graduated with distinction in 2008 from Reading University, and I am currently reading for a Ph.D. in Video Games at the University of Bangor, North Wales, where I currently lecture in Media and Cultural Studies and function as Assistant Editor to the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I was interested in applying Sociolinguistics to video games, and Reading had a good reputation for Applied Linguistics and quality research.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Having the opportunity to study under amazing people in the department, and making friends from around the world.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Ask lots of questions and familiarize yourself with the library as quickly as you can!

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am doing a PhD in Video Games using Multimodal Corpora for their analysis. I got a scholarship to do this after Reading.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

If you want to be an academic you have to be both thorough and intellectually promiscuous to really find your passion in this changing world - and to be able to leave a mark!

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Whatever job you're after, talk to people in that area and find out how they got there, and if it's really for you.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

Reading meant the most solid stepping stone in my career. It meant properly entering the field I had chosen, and being challenged and stimulated at both an intellectual and personal level. One of my favourite memories is wandering the halls of the HumSS building and looking at posters of staff research and taking notes from random assignments on fascinating subjects I had never heard of!


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