A study on the motivation of middle school EFL teachers working at state schools in the post-lockdown era

Karacan C. G., Şahin B.

in: Post-Pandemic Trends in Language Studies, Dilşah Kalay, Editor, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp.77-93, 2023

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • City: Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Page Numbers: pp.77-93
  • Editors: Dilşah Kalay, Editor
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


The COVID-19 lockdown significantly impacted various aspects of education, including the motivation of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers. Given the interconnectedness of teacher and student motivation, the importance of delving into the depths of teacher motivation has grown. However, research on EFL teachers’ motivation remains limited, particularly in the post-lockdown era. This qualitative study explores the motivation and sources of motivation among Turkish EFL teachers during the post-lockdown period. Utilizing a purposeful sampling procedure, 20 EFL teachers participated in the study, all of whom were employed at state middle schools in Turkey during the data collection phase. One-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with five out of the 20 participants to gain further insights into their responses from the open-ended questionnaire. The data were analyzed using open, axial, and selective coding methods. The findings revealed that the primary motivation for teachers stems from in-person teaching environments, whereas the most frequently mentioned demotivating factors relate to the academic challenges associated with online education.