What Goes on Beyond the Closed Doors: Voices from LGBTQ EFL Students

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Chantarath Hongboontri
Warangrut Duangsaeng


This study examines LGBTQ undergraduate students’ perceptions of their English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom climate. With a snowball sampling technique, the researchers went into one university in Thailand and gathered data from 12 self-identified LGBTQ students to learn about their perceptions of their EFL classroom atmosphere in terms of their EFL teachers, their classmates, their subject matter, and their classroom environment. Findings revealed positive classroom climate perceptions for these participating LGBTQ students and showed significant relationships between classroom climate and their EFL teachers and classmates. Nonetheless, some participants did not feel as safe in a university. They reported their experiences of some forms of bullying such as name-calling and disapproving stares. Their concerns provided evidence for university officials to potentially designate a space particularly for LGBTQ students.


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Hongboontri, C., & Duangsaeng, W. (2022). What Goes on Beyond the Closed Doors: Voices from LGBTQ EFL Students. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 15(2), 351–376. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/LEARN/article/view/259933
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Chantarath Hongboontri, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand

A senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. His areas of research interests include sociology of education, workplace culture, teacher culture, and teachers’ and students’ voices.

Warangrut Duangsaeng, Faculty of Humanities, Kasetsart University, Thailand

A lecturer at Kasetsart University. Her areas of research interests include student voice, curriculum design and development, and language pedagogies.


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