DáVID SMID (INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CENTER)

EXPLORING PRE-SERVICE EFL TEACHER MOTIVATION THROUGH WRITTEN NARRATIVES : OTHERS

Nowadays, there is an ever-increasing need for qualified teachers all over the world, which has accelerated research on teacher motivation within the field of language pedagogy. Thus far, however, teacher trainees seem to have received little attention, even though their (de)motivation to work as teachers could also offer valuable insights into the issue of teacher shortage. Motivated by this research gap, I collected written narratives from 45 Hungarian pre-service English as a foreign language teachers (PSEFLTs), and subjected them to qualitative content analysis. The significance of the present research lies in its examining the participants’ motivations related to their PSEFLT identity along with the related affects and cognitions; thereby aiming to gain a more valid picture. Based on the data, two groups of PSEFLTs could be identified, one with a strong and another with a weak motivation to work as an EFL teacher. Each group had some distinctive features as to both the affective and cognitive mental domains. The study sheds light on some of the shortcomings of teacher training programs in Hungary as well as on how some sociopolitical factors shape prospective EFL teachers’ motivation to teach.

Dávid Smid is a PhD candidate in the Doctoral School of Education at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interests include the socio-psychological aspects of foreign language learning and teaching. Currently, he is a Guest Lecturer at Meisei University, Tokyo, Japan.