1. PHAM CU THIEN va cong su (3-12)HCT12.2018.pdf - Pham Cu Thien et al Journal of Science Ho Chi Minh City Open University 8(4 3-12 3 STUDENTS’

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Pham Cu Thien et al. Journal of Science Ho Chi Minh City Open University, 8 (4), 3-12 3 STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF LEARNING ENGLISH FOR BIOLOGY WITH NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE ENGLISH-SPEAKING TEACHERS PHAM CU THIEN 1,* , TRAN THI THANH TUYEN 1 HUYNH CONG MINH HUNG 2 1 Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, Vietnam 2 Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam *Email: [email protected] (Received: October 30, 2018; Revised: November 19, 2018; Accepted: December 6, 2018) ABSTRACT English for Biology is a course in the bachelor training program of Biology Teacher Education at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. A research on 126 students from Department of Biology of this University on the advantages and disadvantages of learning English for Biology with native and non-native English-speaking teachers was carried out in January, 2018. Data on their perceptions towards the reasons why they liked studying with the teachers were gained from questionnaires. Thirty students in this research were also randomly selected for interview to get their suggestions for the better achievement of learning English for Biology. The results showed that 52 students (41.3%) liked studying English for Biology with non-native English-speaking teachers, whereas 40 students (31.7%) liked learning with native English-speaking teachers, and 34 students (27.0%) preferred studying with both kinds of teachers. Students also suggested some ways to improve the learning effectiveness including regular practice, learner autonomy, environment for practice and so on. The research result will help the Dean take into consideration the importance of teachers in teaching and learning English for Biology. Keywords: English for Biology; Student’s perception; Teacher of English. 1. Introduction English for Biology is a course in the bachelor training program of Biology Teacher Education at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. This new course will be taught for students from batch 42 in 2019 at this university. The effectiveness of learning this course is very essential for students because they will use this skill to read English documents in biology field, teach students at high school or secondary school, research and work in the international environment. Beside the training program of the University, teaching facilities, time of teaching and so on, teacher is very important. There are two main kinds of teachers for this course: native and non-native English-speaking teachers. The term “non - native speaker” is often defined in contrast to the “native speaker” of a language (Luk & Lin, 2007). The native English-speaking teachers have played a key contribution to English language learning and teaching across the globe (Albakrawi, 2014). However, the number of non-native English-
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