University Students’ Attitudes towards Comprehensibility of Pronunciation of Native English Teachers versus Non-native English Teachers


  • Valentin Valentinov Tassev


attitudes, comprehensibility, native English teacher (NET), non-native English teacher (NNET). List of Abbreviations/Acronyms: American English Accent (AEA), British English Accent (BEA), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), English as an International language (EIL), English Language Teaching (ELT), Native English Teacher (NET), Native Speaker (of English) (NS), Non-native English Teacher (NNET), Non-native Speaker (of English) (NNS), Research Question (RQ), South Korean English Accent (SKEA), Thai English Accent (TEA), Thai English Teacher (TET), Woosong University (WSU)


                   The following research study investigated the relationship between students’ perceived levels of comprehensibility of various English accents and their attitudes to their desired pronunciation models of use in their future communication in English. The findings strongly suggest that seen through students’ eyes, native speaker (NS) accents are not necessarily more comprehensible than non-native speaker (NNS) accents. In fact, the majority of the participants remained neutral on this issue. The findings also reveal that students were aware and open-minded to various accents and pronunciation models in English, and they remained so in terms of how they envisioned the use of such accents in their future communication in English. Thus, their answers indicated that they were willing to use and produce other accents and pronunciation models in English than the NS model, including their own local South Korean English accent (SKEA).  


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