Lookup NU author(s): Dr Navaporn Snodin,
Dr Tony Young
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It is important to gauge and explore current Thai perceptions of and attitudes towards varieties of English. Language attitudes are some of the factors that affect language policy direction and institutional practices, and the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN), including, Thailand, are adopting English as their sole official language in 2015, making such an investigation particularly timely. In Thailand, little if any prior research had investigated attitudes. For this questionnaire-based study, research questions investigated which varieties 251 Thai learners of English thought they were actually using; which they saw as their target model; and also explored their attitudes towards different ‘native speaker’ varieties – pre-work had indicated that such varieties still predominated over alternatives such as ‘English as a Lingua Franca’. Responses were analysed using both qualitative and quantitative keyword and content analysis. Findings indicated strong but diverse perceptions of the nature of varieties, and also said something about the dynamic nature or such perceptions and the attitudes of learners in Thailand. We conclude by suggesting how our findings might relate to the realization of current language policy and practice in Thailand, and how they might serve as a stepping stone towards investigations of perceptions across ASEAN and beyond.
Author(s): Snodin N, Young TJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Asian Englishes
Print publication date: 01/09/2015
Online publication date: 16/09/2015
Acceptance date: 08/08/2015
ISSN (print): 1348-8678
ISSN (electronic): 2331-2548
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