The Effect of Burnout on Teaching Performance of Male and Female EFL Teachers in L2 Context

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch, Isfahan, Iran

2 Hamidreza Haghverdi, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch, Isfahan, Iran


Abstract The male-female differences in burnout and its possible effect on EFL teachers’ performance has not received much attention in the literature of burnout. To address this issue, the researchers conducted this study to investigate the effect of burnout and, more specifically, its three subcomponents–Emotional, Exhaustion (EE), Depersonalization (DP), and Personal Accomplishment (PA)–on the teaching performance of male and female EFL teachers in an L2 teaching/learning context. The participants of this study were 30 (15 males and 15 females) English teachers of five private language institutes and 150 students of the same teachers. The data were collected through the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educator Survey (MBI-ES) and Characteristics of Successful Iranian EFL Teachers Questionnaire. Multiple regression analysis, independent-samples t test and descriptive statistics were used in the data analysis process. The results showed that burnout does not influence the teachers’ performance in a significant way. Additionally, it was revealed that there was no significant difference between the levels of burnout in male and female teachers. The findings challenge the common belief that burnout can greatly affect the teachers’ performance and that female teachers are more likely to experience burnout than male teachers, revealing instead that burnout does not significantly affect the performance of teachers and there is no significant difference between male and female teachers in their levels of burnout.


Volume 3, Issue 11 - Serial Number 11
September 2015
Pages 47-58
  • Receive Date: 01 June 2015
  • Revise Date: 20 August 2015
  • Accept Date: 14 September 2015
  • First Publish Date: 14 September 2015