BJORN FUISTING -

EFL TEACHERS€™ JOB SATISFACTION IN JAPAN : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This presentation reports on a study into teacher professionalism and teacher job satisfaction of EFL teachers on limited-term contracts working in higher education in Japan, and how the implementation of the new employment rules affects them. This presentation will at first detail the recent changes in employment rules and their impact on limited-term contracts and then report the findings from a study into teacher professionalism and teacher job satisfaction of university EFL teachers on limited-term contracts. The study included an initial questionnaire followed by a series of individual interviews, conducted sequentially at two private universities in Japan. It reports on how teachers see themselves in relation to their role identity, social identity, and person identity, as well as what factors impact teacher job satisfaction and teacher job dissatisfaction. Finally, the presentation will make recommendations on ways to improve job satisfaction among this group of teachers.

FUISTING, Bjorn is an Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for over 15 years in Japan and is enrolled in an EdD in TESOL at University of Exeter. His research interests include peer review, extensive reading and teacher professional identity.