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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

James H. Robinson

Second Advisor

Choonkyong Kim

Third Advisor

Mark Love

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

NEST, korea, university, perception, trait, role


Native English-Speaking Teachers (NESTs) are a common feature of English education in South Korea and they have the ability to play an important role in the students’ educations in which they are involved with. However, there has been a dearth of research into the varying perceptions of the roles and traits that an effective NEST should possess in order to work well in the country. This study examines the perceptions of the roles and traits of a NEST at the university level in South Korea from all the parties involved—that being students, non-native English-speaking teachers, and the NESTs themselves. The results suggest that there needs to be better communication between all parties to attempt to form better understanding between them and integrate NESTs more into the system. NESTs also need to be more aware of what is expected from them, which may include a more thorough investment in learning the relevant cultural knowledge. All parties could benefit from knowing what the universally admired traits of an effective NEST are in South Korea.