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EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of Professional Development

EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of Professional Development

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It isan indisputable fact that English has become today’s lingua franca. That beingthe case, the prominence of English is broadly recognized, particularly in EFLsettings. Therefore, in those countries where English is not frequently spoken,professional development of English teachers is highly significant to sustainand better the quality of the education provided. Hence, this study aims toinvestigate Turkish EFL teachers' beliefs and habits about professionaldevelopment through conducting a qualitative research by focusing on theinformation gathered from observations and interviews. The study involvesseveral different participants varied in gender, nationality and years ofexperience with different departments in the field of language in one of thepracticum schools located in İstanbul in 2016. Results of the study show thatmost teachers view professional development as “a must” due to different, butequally valid reasons and thereby engage in various activities to developthemselves professionally and to continue their growths.

It isan indisputable fact that English has become today’s lingua franca. That beingthe case, the prominence of English is broadly recognized, particularly in EFLsettings. Therefore, in those countries where English is not frequently spoken,professional development of English teachers is highly significant to sustainand better the quality of the education provided. Hence, this study aims toinvestigate Turkish EFL teachers' beliefs and habits about professionaldevelopment through conducting a qualitative research by focusing on theinformation gathered from observations and interviews. The study involvesseveral different participants varied in gender, nationality and years ofexperience with different departments in the field of language in one of thepracticum schools located in İstanbul in 2016. Results of the study show thatmost teachers view professional development as “a must” due to different, butequally valid reasons and thereby engage in various activities to developthemselves professionally and to continue their growths.