Title

Expanding Circle: The Case of Nigerien EFL Teachers’ English, Training and Career Satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Publication Title

The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language

Volume

22

Issue

2

Abstract

Teaching English as foreign language (EFL) has grown around the world. However, certain regions have experienced little empirical research into the practices and results of these EFL programs. This study looks at English as foreign language teachers in Niger, an Expanding Circle country, to understand their training, instruction, and attitudes. The study surveyed 609 teachers about their level of comfort with English, preservice teacher training, use of English in the classroom, and career satisfaction. Descriptive and correlational statistics shed light into the profession of Nigerien EFL teachers. One in five Nigerien teachers had no preservice teacher training and the more comfortable they were with English, the more satisfied they were with their career. The results also suggest an interesting relationship between teachers’ comfort level in English and the nature of their teacher training, which might need further investigation. The research presented in this paper provides information to policy makers, teacher trainers, and researchers in Expanding Circle locations.

Keywords

English as a foreign language, Teachers, Teacher training, Niger

Language

eng


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