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