Attitudes Toward English Diversity of Teachers and Staffs Who Help Promote Internationalization at a Taiwanese University
English has evolved into many distinct varieties due to its spread and use in intercultural communication; therefore, recognition and acceptance of its sociolinguistic reality are crucial to advancing effective communication. A considerable body of research exists on English diversity and views regarding it. However, little is known about the attitudes toward English diversity of teachers and staffs who facilitate internationalization on campus. Therefore, the purpose of the present study is to explore the attitudes of 176 people including teachers and staffs working to promote internationalization in a Taiwanese university that has an international college providing degree programs for both international and local students. Both questionnaire and interview accounts were collected. The results show most participants had a positive attitude toward the sociolinguistic reality of English and slightly preferred native speaker models to non-native speaker models. Also found was a significant difference in attitude between English subject teachers and staffs. One point worth noting is the existence of a contradiction between Taiwanese English teachers’ attitudes toward English diversity and their reported teaching practices. The study results have both practical and research implications.
KeywordsEnglish diversity English as a lingua franca (ELF) English language teaching International education
關鍵詞英語多樣性 英語作為通用語 (ELF) 英語教學 國際教育
We would like to express our thankfulness to the colleagues and staff members who participated in this study. Our special thanks goes to the four English subject teachers and two staff members for their interview accounts. We are also grateful to the editors and reviewers for their comments and generous suggestions.
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