LETs and NETs: Exploring how teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds impact student motivation and preferences

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Abstract

This paper, an exploratory case study, examines how students’ preferences and motivation to learn English are influenced by their perceptions of teaching practices – both of native English teachers and local English teachers. To better understand the context of this research question, this study adopts a method of triangulation in collecting data: classroom observation, student interviews and teacher interviews. For intrinsic motivation, results reveal that Chinese students prefer a native-English-speaking teacher’s approach to communication language teaching. However, for extrinsic motivations, students preferred the curriculum-oriented approach of local teachers due to the relevance to the ultimately- important English examinations. Copyright © 2013 Canadian Center of Science and Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
JournalEnglish Language Teaching
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online dateDec 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Student Motivation
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Triangulation
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Citation

Wong, R. (2014). LETs and NETs: Exploring how teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds impact student motivation and preferences. English Language Teaching, 7(1), 57-65.

Keywords

  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Local English teacher
  • Native English teachers
  • Intrinsic motivation