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An experimental on Chinese university students' perceptions and attitudes towards Asian English accents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the use of English language world wide in different domains, English has undoubtely become the most dominant lingua franca (Parijs, 2011). This has had implication for English language teaching (ELT), both in terms of actual practices and people's attitudes towards English. Although there have previous been numerous attitudinal studies, few have focused on the Chinese context, where the number of people who learn and use English keep increasing. With its experimental design, this study investigates and compares 202 Chinese university students' perceptions and attitudes towards four Asian English accents. A modofied version of the questionnaire from Jenkins' attitudinal (2007) was adopted to explore the attitudes and perceptions of two groups of university students. The results suggest that native English accents are still prefered in both groups as there are more than 90% of the participants who rank the native accents as the first and second. Native accents are graded higher in correctness, acceptability and pleasantness. However, the experimental group which has received information about the basic concepts and ideologies of World Englishes (WE) before doing the questionnaires shows higher acceptance to Asian English accents and grades those accents higher than the control group without the introduction. Brief semi-structured interviews are carried out to follow up on the questionnaire results, to further explore the reasons underlying the attitudinal responses. The results show that the participants in the control group tend to believe that the non-native English accents are 'wrong' and should be corrected, while the experimental group tends to accept the impracticality of achieving near-native accents and shows higher tolerance to the non-native accents. It is preliminary try of a 'WE-awareness' experimental attitudinal study which gives inspiration for a future study in a larger scale. It aims for contributing to the realization of 'Linguistic Equality' and gives implication to the ELT and teacher education in China.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 53
Keywords [en]
World Englishes, English as a lingua franca, Asian English, perceptions; attitudes, English Language Teaching
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150170OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150170DiVA, id: diva2:1165628
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Språkkonsultprogrammet
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2017-12-01, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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