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The role of non-native English speaking teachers for elementary school English

Miyasone, Mika (2007) The role of non-native English speaking teachers for elementary school English. In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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More than 90% of Japanese elementary schools now teach English conversation since it was introduced in 2002. The aim of teaching English conversation is to help students become familiar with English and to facilitate their positive attitudes toward communication with people from different countries. The English conversation classes definitely require a number of teachers who can teach English to elementary school students, which has been the major problem. The purpose of the paper is to discuss the role of non-native English speaking teachers (NESTS) in elementary school English activities from the perspectives of communication, second-language acquisition, and teacher resources. A survey was conducted utilizing questionnaires and classroom observations. To survey the needs of language instructors that English learners have, questionnaires were distributed to English language learners from elementary schools to universities. Additionally, English classroom observations in elementary school were undertaken to investigate the effects of and difficulties in using NESTS in English activities. Based on the results, the paper discusses the merits of and difficulties in using NESTS in elementary school English activities.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 29 May 2011 07:25
Last Modified: 29 May 2011 07:25
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3202

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