Learner Characteristics of 'Asian' EFL Students: Exceptions to the 'Norm'

Exley, Beryl E. (2005) Learner Characteristics of 'Asian' EFL Students: Exceptions to the 'Norm'. In Young, Janelle (Ed.) Pleasure Passion Provocation: Joint National Conference AATE & ALEA 2005, 1-4 July, 2005, Gold Coast, Australia.

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This paper reports what five Australian teachers suggest are the learner characteristics of 'Asian' English as Foreign Language (EFL) secondary school and college students. In their semi-structured interview accounts, the teachers suggest that one group of 'Asian' EFL students, Indonesian students, exhibit two opposing sets of learner characteristics. The students are described as 'typically passive, shy and/or quiet' learners. The teachers also nominate learner characteristics that are at odds with the aforementioned stereotype. The teachers' accounts suggest that particular cultural and institutional demands, and English language proficiencies determine which set of learner characteristics become dominant in which contexts. The paper concludes that teachers of EFL students need to be cognisant of the effect of context rather than working on the assumption that learner characteristics are static across place.

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ID Code: 1792
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Asian students, Indonesian students, learner characteristics, stereotypes, English as a Foreign Language, offshore education
ISBN: 1875659196
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:14

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