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Article: Gender and attitudes towards English varieties: Implications for teaching English as a global language

TitleGender and attitudes towards English varieties: Implications for teaching English as a global language
Authors
KeywordsGender
Attitudes towards English varieties
Pronunciation model
Learning target
Contextual variation
Issue Date2018
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/system
Citation
System, 2018, v. 76, p. 62-79 How to Cite?
AbstractThe study reported in this paper adopted both direct (a large-scale questionnaire survey) and indirect (a verbal-guise test) measures to investigate gender differences in second language (L2) learners’ attitudes towards different English varieties in secondary schools in Hong Kong. The investigation considered various factors affecting students’ attitudes to language including their affective feelings, cultural identity, awareness of language variations, experience of language use, perceived intelligibility of English accents and, more importantly, situational language choices. Consistent with previous studies, the findings suggest that the female learners were more positively oriented towards native speaker (NS) pronunciation and tended to adopt it as their teaching model and learning target; they also had greater confidence than males in their ability to understand British English pronunciation. However, their greater sensitivity to NS standards was found to be limited to high-stakes English-speaking contexts. In contrast, male learners had greater tolerance or acceptance of local pronunciation. This paper concludes by discussing the implications of L2 learners’ gender differences in attitudes for English language education and the design of English language teaching materials and assessments.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259585
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2017 Impact Factor: 1.547
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.703

 

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dc.contributor.authorChan, YHJ-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T04:10:18Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-03T04:10:18Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationSystem, 2018, v. 76, p. 62-79-
dc.identifier.issn0346-251X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259585-
dc.description.abstractThe study reported in this paper adopted both direct (a large-scale questionnaire survey) and indirect (a verbal-guise test) measures to investigate gender differences in second language (L2) learners’ attitudes towards different English varieties in secondary schools in Hong Kong. The investigation considered various factors affecting students’ attitudes to language including their affective feelings, cultural identity, awareness of language variations, experience of language use, perceived intelligibility of English accents and, more importantly, situational language choices. Consistent with previous studies, the findings suggest that the female learners were more positively oriented towards native speaker (NS) pronunciation and tended to adopt it as their teaching model and learning target; they also had greater confidence than males in their ability to understand British English pronunciation. However, their greater sensitivity to NS standards was found to be limited to high-stakes English-speaking contexts. In contrast, male learners had greater tolerance or acceptance of local pronunciation. This paper concludes by discussing the implications of L2 learners’ gender differences in attitudes for English language education and the design of English language teaching materials and assessments.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/system-
dc.relation.ispartofSystem-
dc.subjectGender-
dc.subjectAttitudes towards English varieties-
dc.subjectPronunciation model-
dc.subjectLearning target-
dc.subjectContextual variation-
dc.titleGender and attitudes towards English varieties: Implications for teaching English as a global language-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChan, YHJ: edjimcyh@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChan, YHJ=rp02067-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.system.2018.04.010-
dc.identifier.hkuros288542-
dc.identifier.volume76-
dc.identifier.spage62-
dc.identifier.epage79-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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