Understanding motivations to become teachers of English: ELT trainees' perceptions


3rd World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership (WCLTA), Brussels, Belgium, 25 - 28 October 2012, vol.93, pp.1418-1422 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 93
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.10.055
  • City: Brussels
  • Country: Belgium
  • Page Numbers: pp.1418-1422
  • Keywords: ELT trainees, motivation, pre-service teacher education, teacher, perception
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The present study aimed to explore pre-service EFL teachers' reasons for choosing English language teaching (ELT) as a career. The participants of the study were second-year student teachers in an ELT department in Turkey (N=100). Data were collected by means of The Teachers' Ten Statements Test, which is a structured qualitative measure. The analysis revealed that ELT trainees seemed to be driven by a web of interacting intrinsic, extrinsic and socio-cultural motivational factors influencing their career choices. The results were discussed in relation to foreign language teacher education. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.