Arab World English Journal (November 2021)                       Theses ID 280                               Pp. 1- 35

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The Students’ Attitudes towards the NESTs versus NNESTs and their Impacts on the
Students’ Motivations to Learn English Language at KAU

Haneen Saad Al Muabdi
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



Author: Haneen Saad Al Muabdi
Thesis Title: The Students’ Attitudes towards the NESTs versus NNESTs and their Impacts on the Students’ Motivations to Learn English Language at KAU
Institution: English Department, Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University
Degree: MA
Major: Applied Linguistics  
Year of award:
Dr. Mazeegha Al Tale’
Keywords: EFL learners, motivation, NEST, NNEST, Saudi students’ attitudes

Motivation is one of the crucial aspects of second language acquisition. Students’ motivation can be influenced by their teachers. The present study aims to investigate the impact of the two types of teachers on EFL learners’ motivations to learn English. These are NESTs (Native English-speaking teachers) and NNESTs (native English-speaking teachers). Hence, it examines learners’ attitudes and perceptions towards the two types of teachers. This study employed a mixed method by distributing a questionnaire contains quantitative and qualitative tools. It consists of twenty items of Likert scales and two open-ended questions. The present study subjects are 31 female students at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The results of the study demonstrate that learners have a positive attitude toward NESTs and NNESTs. Despite that, the tendency to learn with NNESTs is higher than NESTs. The findings also show that both types of teachers motivate students to learn English. Moreover, it suggests that the methodology and teachers’ personalities are more important than the teachers’ nativeness.

Cite as:  Al Muabdi, H. S. (2021). The Students’ Attitudes towards the NESTs versus NNESTs and their Impacts on the Students’ Motivations to Learn English Language at KAU, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia (M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 280) Novermber, 2021: 1- 35.


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Haneen Saad Almuabdi,
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia