ERIC Number: ED338079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain: How English-Speaking Teachers View Non-native Students.
Instructor attitudes toward students with non-native accents were examined in a study of 55 student teachers attending a small, private liberal arts college in the San Francisco (California) area. A review of the literature included information on error analysis, communication, general attitudes, instructor attitudes, and classroom behavior and practice. Instructors were asked to give their opinions of the speaker in a German-accented tape recording of a selection from "A Tale of Two Cities." Results indicate the reactions were neither clearly positive nor clearly negative, but contain elements of both. Responses fell into 15 categories, such as: listen more carefully; be more patient; give student no special treatment; suggest student employ voice modulation; ask student to repeat; ask student to slow down; and request information about student's heritage. Research implications are noted. The questionnaire is appended. Contains 50 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Thesis, Dominican College.