Dutch Secondary School Students’ Attitudes Towards English Teachers’ Accents
Doorn, L.H. van
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As there are many English accents, both native and non-native, there are opinions about these accents. The current research investigated the attitudes of Dutch secondary school students towards native and non-native English speakers. The research found that native English accents are overall perceived most positively, with the Scottish accent scoring the lowest. Collectively, the non-native accents were quite positively, even though they were overall perceived less positive than the native accents. The research found a positive correlation between speaker professionality and knowledgeability and their intelligibility. There was no correlation found between motivation and a student’s accent preference.