Taiwanese University Students’ Perceptions of Learning English as an International Language

By Hsuan-Yau Tony Lai.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this study, a survey consisting of 430 questionnaires was conducted to explore Taiwanese university students’ perceptions of the following issues: the ownership of English, varieties of Englishes, and native norms. The uniqueness of the study lies in its comparative analyses of English major versus non-major students, and students from universities of technology versus research-orientated universities in Taiwan. The findings indicate that the major and the orientation of the university do not play a significant role in affecting the perceptions of students regarding the above three issues. Moreover, the results show that although the majority of the participants in the study disagree with the native ownership of English, they are, in fact, facing the dilemma of agreeing with the concept of having varieties of Englishes in the world, and of not following native norms when studying English. The findings provide useful information and practical implications for English language teaching professionals.

Keywords: English, Ownership, Variety, University, Native

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.197-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.369KB).

Dr. Hsuan-Yau Tony Lai

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Taipei College of Business, Taipei City, Taiwan


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