A Comparative Study of Internal and External Assets and Teachers’ Professional Performance: Insights from English Language Teachers in the context of Iran

Document Type: Original Article


1 Department of Foreign Languages, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman , Iran

2 Department of Foreign Languages, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman ,Iran


Teaching foreign/second languages is a demanding occupation, with levels of challenge increasing for teachers across the universe. Given that language teachers’ awareness of their profession and a pleasant sense of job performance are central to their ability to teach well, the current study explores internal and external assets, both of which have been demonstrated to play a prominent role in educational contexts by looking into the classroom performance. The research aimed to explore teachers’ reflections on teaching profession and the challenges they experience during their professional performance in the English as a foreign language (EFL) context of Iran. In this regard, the study adopted qualitative data collection procedures, and the work took place over a period of three months. Data were obtained from interviewing 50 teacher participants, who were selected according to the convenience sampling. The study findings indicate that we need more research and reflections on assets that underlie English teachers’ performance. In effect, a complete awareness of performance could provide teachers with a more effective form of professionalism.Results point to the need to a clear understanding of challenges experienced by English language teachers in Iran as they contribute to this stressful profession. Given the fundamental role(s) played by teachers, it is promising that the current research contributes to a better understanding of how language teachers can develop in their profession.


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Article Title [Persian]

مطالعه تطبیقی عوامل درونی و بیرونی موثر بر عملکرد کلاسی معلمان : بینش معلمان زبان انگلیسی در ایران

Authors [Persian]

  • لیلا انجم شعاع 1
  • مهری حداد نارافشان 2
1 گروه زبان های خارجی ، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد کرمان ، کرمان
2 گروه زبان های خارجی ، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد کرمان ، کرمان
Abstract [Persian]

تدریس زبان های خارجی یکی از حرفه های پرمسئولیت در سراسر جهان است که چالش های زیادی را برای معلمان آن در پی دارد. با توجه به این که آگاهی معلم از حرفه خود و احساس لذت از عملکرد شغلی در افزایش توانایی تدریس موثر است، مطالعه حاضر عوامل درونی و بیرونی موثر بر عملکرد کلاسی را با هدف بررسی واکنش معلمان در تدریس و چالش هایی که در آموزش انگلیسی - به عنوان یک زبان خارجی - در ایران تجربه می کنند ، مورد بررسی قرار می دهد.  روش تحقیق حاضر از نوع کیفی و داده ها با استفاده از مصاحبه نیمه ساختمند با 50 نفر از معلمان جمع اوری شدند. یافته های پژوهش نشان داد که آگاهی در مورد عواملی که عملکرد معلمان انگلیسی را تحت تأثیر قرار می دهد ، نیاز به تأمل و بررسی بیشتر دارد. در حقیقت ، آگاهی کامل از عملکرد می تواند شکل موثرتری از مفهوم " حرفه ای " را در اختیار معلمان قرار دهد. با توجه به نقش اساسی عوامل درونی و بیرونی ، تحقیق حاضر به درک بهتر چگونگی پیشرفت معلمان زبان خارجی کمک می کند.

Keywords [Persian]

  • حرفه تدریس
  • چالش های تدریس
  • عملکرد معلم
  • عوامل درونی و بیرونی

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Volume 1, Issue 3
Autumn 2018
Pages 112-135
  • Receive Date: 11 June 2018
  • Revise Date: 20 January 2019
  • Accept Date: 09 June 2019