Examining the Anxiety, Stress and Motivation of Novice NESTs


Anxiety, stress and motivation are often discussed from the English language learner's perspective, but these terms can also apply to the language teacher. More specifically, novice Native English Speaking Teachers (NESTs) working in foreign countries may experience these phenomena both in and outside of the classroom due to the vast cultural variations between their home country and their country of employment. My research examined four NESTs working at a private preschool in South Korea. It documented, through journal entries and interviews, some of the issues these teachers faced while employed by a Korean cram school'. The NESTs in this study had no formal teacher training but met the requirements to be issued a Visa to teach.

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Laura Taylor, University of York, United Kingdom

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Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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