Language and Speech Laboratory

University students’ perceptions of native and non-native speaker teachers of English

David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo.

Language Awareness      volume:11:132-142.

A small number of studies have addressed the debate comparing native speaker teachers (NSTs) and non-native speaker teachers (NNSTs). However, they have tended to focus on teachers’ rather than students’ opinions. Seventy-six undergraduates completed questionnaires seeking their views aboutNSTs and NNSTs on rating scales relating to language skills, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, learning strategies, culture and civilisation, attitudes and assessment.The students were asked these views in relation to primary, secondary and tertiary education. They also recorded their subject specialismand whether they hadever been taught by a NST. Their generalpreference was for NSTs, or for a combination of NSTs andNNSTs. Previous experience of NSTs had little effect on their judgements. Students’ subject specialism, perhaps reflecting differences in orientations to learning English, had slightly more effect.