Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume. 8 Number 4 December 2017                                           Pp. 259-267

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   Perceiving Native English Speaking Teachers: EFL University Students’ Perspectives 

 Sureepong Phothongsunan
Faculty of Arts,
Assumption University, Thailand




To allude to the ‘native speaker’ concept and investigate the native speaker effects, this research looks into the perceptions of 25 Thai EFL university students towards native English speaking teachers. How native English speaking teachers influence the participants’ learning behaviours and motivation to learn English are also perceptually reported. Two research instruments, the survey questionnaire and the semi-structured interview, are employed for this study. The findings indicate overall positive perceptions towards native English speaking teachers, pointing that their classes are mostly fun, interactive and motivating. The flexible and interactive teaching methods and styles used by native English speaking teachers are found to be most favoured, followed by their approachable personality traits and the students’ vast opportunity to practice oral and written English. Most participants, if given an option to choose a teacher, have a salient preference to study with native English speaking teachers in which case neither teachers’ age nor gender matters. There seems to be a strong relationship between studying with native English speaking teachers and the participants’ learning behaviours and motivation to learn English.
Keywords: Perceptions, EFL, University Students, Native English Speaking Teachers, Learning Behaviours

Cite as:   Phothongsunan, S. (2017).  Perceiving Native English Speaking Teachers: FL University Students’ Perspectives. Arab World English Journal, 8 (4).


Sureepong Phothongsunan works at the Faculty of Arts, Assumption University. Having a
doctorate in TEFL from the University of Exeter, UK. He completed an M.A. in TESL from the
University of Central Missouri, U.S.A. He has published books, articles, and research in the fields
of Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.