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Thai to English: The perception regarding native and non-native speakers of English. General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Other
Source text - Thai 1. Issues regarding native and non-native speakers of English are an important topic in ELT. Since Kachru established the three circles of English in 1985, criticisms of the circles have been raised as to whether speakers from some countries such as Singapore and India could be categorized as native speakers of English. In this study, attitudes towards perception of native speakers of English were examined. Twenty students were randomly selected to voluntarily participate in the study. They were asked to listen to short recordings made by six speakers from various nationalities. They were also asked to complete a questionnaire about each recording to elicit their attitudes regarding the voices they heard. The results showed implications of problematic attitudes towards the concept of EIL and ELF. Pedagogical recommendations are discussed to offer assistance to Thai students in relation to adoption of English pronunciation models.