ERIC Number: ED386067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Some Characteristics of Native and Non-Native Speaker Teachers of English.
This study compared the performances of four groups of Hong Kong teachers of English as a Second Language on a language teaching task. Subjects were two groups of native English-speaking teachers, one of expert teachers and one of novices, and two groups of non-native English-speakers, one of experts and one of novices. All were asked to preview an English text and select 12 words they thought would be unfamiliar to a specific student level. A group of 200 students from Hong Kong secondary schools took vocabulary tests on the same text. Comparison of the results suggests that native-speaker teachers are at a distinct advantage in identifying problematic vocabulary in connection with reading texts, and that while teaching expertise can improve non-native-speaking teachers' ability, it can actually obscure the judgments of non-native speakers by interfering with their more intuitive judgments about vocabulary difficulty. The text used is appended. Contains 11 references and 5 tables. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Difficulty Level, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Native Speakers, Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Bird, Norman, Ed., And Others. Language and Learning. Papers presented at the Annual International Language in Education Conference (Hong Kong, 1993); see FL 023 205.