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The Korean University Students' Preferences Toward Native English Speaking Teachers

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2009, 10(3), pp.114-130
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Eunsoo Park 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study investigated preferences of the Korean university students toward native/nonnative English speaking teachers in order to draw more reasonable generalizations. To do this, three research questions were addressed: (1) What are the university students' preferences toward native English speaking teachers? (2) From the perspectives of the students, what are the specific strengths and weaknesses of native/nonnative English teachers? and (3) What are the implications of these perceptions for learning? The participants were 177 students from a national university in a metropolitan city. The results indicated no overall preferences for native English speaking teachers over nonnative English speaking teachers. However, the students showed a preference for native English speaking teachers in teaching specific areas, such as pronunciation, culture, and communication. The students in this study considered that a combination of native English speaking teachers and nonnative English speaking teachers is appropriate. There was no significant gender or student year difference in Korean university students' preferences toward native/nonnative English speaking teachers. The results from the present study suggest more comprehensive considerations when taking teacher choice and preferences into account for Korean university students.

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