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ERIC Number: EJ896808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Studying English with Thai and Native-Speaking Teachers
Grubbs, Samuel J.; Jantarach, Vachira; Kettem, Supamas
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v16 n5 p559-576 Oct 2010
This research examined how students in foundation English classes perceive their Thai and native-speaking teachers. The researchers surveyed students at five universities and compared a group of 600 students studying with native-speaking teachers with another group of 600 students studying with Thai teachers in order to investigate three areas: (1) students' previous background in English-language learning, (2) students' general opinions and preferences for studying English with Thai or native-speaking teachers, and (3) student perceptions of studying with their current English teachers. Overall, most students had similar backgrounds and thought positively about their classroom teachers. However, there were differences in students' teacher preferences for studying English; students more commonly preferred the type of teacher that was presently teaching them. This suggests that the type of teacher in the classroom does have some effect on students' preferences and should be considered a factor when analysing research related to native-speaking and nonnative-speaking English teachers. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand