Chinese Students’ Attitudes towards Varieties of English: an Edinburgh Case Study
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This study investigates attitudes of Chinese students in Edinburgh towards different varieties of English. This study addresses three research questions: (1) Do Chinese students in Edinburgh prefer certain varieties of English and do they accept non-native varieties? (2) Are Chinese students in Edinburgh aware of different varieties of English? (3) How do Chinese students judge the status of English in the world and their own English? In order to examine participants’ attitudes, both questionnaire and interview were employed to collect qualitative and quantitative dada. In the questionnaire, a verbal-guise test and ten statements with five-point Liker scale were conducted as indirect and direct approaches. The results suggest that participants’ hold more positive attitudes towards native varieties; their attitudes towards non-native varieties are complicated; and their attitudes are influenced by their familiarity with a specific version of English, especially the media they exposed to.