An Investigation of Attitudes towards Thai Pre-Service English Teachers to Standard English, World Englishes, Native and Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers

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Khwanjira Namphandung
Poonyapat Boonyarattanasoontorn
Thapanapong Tepnarong
Nitirat Nokim
Phutawan Puimarth
Itthichai Ponin

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This study explores the attitudes of Thai pre-service English teachers towards Standard English, World Englishes, native English-speaking teachers (NESTs), and non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs). The quantitative data were collected from 34 students majoring in English Education. The data were obtained by a questionnaire survey adopted from Choi (2007) and Saengboon (2015), which utilized the convenience sampling method. The results revealed that the participants perceived Standard English as either British or American English and had neutral perceptions towards World Englishes, NESTs, and NNESTs. This may have resulted from the limited exposure of the participants to other varieties of English. The results further suggested that both NESTs and NNESTs are a useful resource in terms of enhancing English language teaching. The results of the study implied that the concept of World Englishes should be introduced to pre-service English language teachers, who should be aware of the diverse varieties of English and cultural diversity in English language teaching. For future teaching, teachers could set objectives to ensure the acceptance and respect of students for cultural and linguistic diversity in their own classrooms.

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