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Turkish and Lithuanian EFL Instructors' Professional Development Experiences: Worth the Effort, or Waste of Time?
Erzincan University Faculty of Education Journal (2013)
  • Servet Celik, Karadeniz Technical University
  • Nemira Mačianskienė
  • Kübra Aytin, Karadeniz Technical University
Abstract
Effective EFL instructors must have a good command of English, as well as sound pedagogical knowledge and adequate communication and classroom management skills. Professional development has been indicated as significant in developing these attributes. This comparative study was designed to analyze the viewpoints of EFL professionals working in Turkey and Lithuania using a scalar survey. The results revealed that Turkish instructors found their professional development experiences to be largely irrelevant, while the Lithuanian instructors perceived professional development as beneficial. In both groups, obstacles such as financial concerns and heavy teaching loads impaired the participants’ ability to grow professionally. The findings may draw attention to the ways in which existing professional growth opportunities are meeting or failing to meet EFL instructors’ needs.
Keywords
  • EFL instructors,
  • professional development,
  • professional growth,
  • teacher development
Publication Date
Fall December 1, 2013
Citation Information
Servet Celik, Nemira Mačianskienė and Kübra Aytin. "Turkish and Lithuanian EFL Instructors' Professional Development Experiences: Worth the Effort, or Waste of Time?" Erzincan University Faculty of Education Journal Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/servetcelik/10/