I did my MA degree in applied linguistics (AL) at Beijing Foreign Studies University. What struck me during my post-grad years is the profound relevance of AL to the many pressing issues of the real world. Major ethnic minority regions in China, including mine, are implementing bilingualism, almost at all levels of education. Despite the huge government support and investment, there is a lot to be desired, especially in terms of qualified language teachers and teacher researchers. It seems unless a more balanced approach is developed, whereon bilingual teachers are informed of the cutting-edge research and theoretical insights of language education and second language acquisition, the quality of bilingual education and that of education as a whole will be compromised. I hope my MPhil in theoretical and applied linguistics at Cambridge will lead me to a PhD, which allows me to get involved in and lead the practice of bilingual education in my home region and language education of China.