English as the current global international language plays an important role in Taiwan's foreign language education policy. Recruiting native English-speaking teachers (NESTs) becomes a means of improving students’ English proficiency. However, there is no relevant study investigating the outcome of NEST recruitment policy in Taiwanese context. This study uses New Taipei City as the case to study relevant issues on NESTs recruitment policy. As the second phase of a two-year study, we interviewed 58 NESTs and local English teachers (LETs), school leaders and conducted 17 classroom observations. In total, this study covered more than two-thirds of school in New Taipei City with NESTs. Our findings are as follows: 1. The collaboration between NESTs and LETs does not match the expectations inscribed in the policy. There are only a few cases indicating good practices of NESTs and LETs collaboration. 2. LETs have positive attitude towards having NESTs in schools. 3. LETs consider NESTs perform well in the classroom. 4. NESTs can bring in more opportunities for cultural understanding and authentic English environment to students. Based on these findings, a recommendation for the Department of Education in New Taipei City has been submitted.
|Effective start/end date||2017/08/01 → 2018/07/31|
- Native English Speaking Teacher (NEST)
- Foreign English Teacher Recruitment Policy (FETRP)
- Cooperative Teaching
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