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Native/non-native, does it really matter? Teachers’ and students’ perceptions of English language teachers

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Martínez-Abarca Crane, Francisca Isabel (2016) Native/non-native, does it really matter? Teachers’ and students’ perceptions of English language teachers. [Trabajo Fin de Máster]

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This study investigates students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards native and non-native English language teachers in a Spanish educational setting. The aim of this study is not only to compare Spanish and English opinions, but also discover the perceived advantages and disadvantages of both types of teacher in a context where English is taught as a foreign language. The data was collected by means of a direct questionnaire, consisting in 14 questions in which participants were asked to rank their opinions on a five-point Likert scale. Furthermore, supplementary individual interviews, consisting in 7 open-ended questions were conducted with both teachers and students. A total of 184 questionnaire responses were obtained and analysed using a t-test, and further complemented with 26 individual interviews that were completed to elicit further information. The results obtained show that students perceive the native teacher to possess advantages over the non-native teacher with regard to pronunciation and culture, but not with regard to the teaching of grammar. The native teacher is therefore seen as necessary for practicing conversation, whereas the non-native is thought as necessary for teaching the written aspects of the language. It was concluded that teachers and students expressed a need for both types of teacher in the language learning process, as they are seen to complement one another.

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En la actualidad, la enseñanza del inglés tiene cada vez más importancia debido a la globalización y a que existen más hablantes no nativos que nativos. Pero a la hora de aprender la lengua, ¿a quién acudimos? Este Trabajo Fin de Máster (TFM) investiga las opiniones hacia los profesores nativos o no nativos de la lengua inglesa en un contexto educativo español. El objetivo de este estudio no es únicamente encontrar la diferencia entre opiniones españolas e inglesas respecto al profesor de la lengua inglesa, sino que también aspira a encontrar las ventajas y desventajas de cada tipo de profesor en un país donde el inglés es enseñado como lengua extranjera. Para alcanzar dicho objetivo se han utilizado, en primer lugar, métodos cuantitativos (cuestionarios) para observar las diferencias de opiniones en función de las variables nacionalidad, profesión y sexo. A continuación, se han utilizado métodos cualitativos (entrevistas) para ampliar información y encontrar el por qué a las respuestas obtenidas mediante los cuestionarios.

Item Type:Trabajo Fin de Máster
Directors:
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Kristiansen, Gitte
Uncontrolled Keywords:Native English language teacher; Non-native English language teacher; Spanish educational settings; EFL; Attitudes; Likert scale; T-test.
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > English philology
Título del Máster:Máster Universitario en Lingüística Inglesa: Nuevas Aplicaciones y Comunicación Internacional
ID Code:55549
Deposited On:04 Jun 2019 14:48
Last Modified:04 Jun 2019 14:48

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