Examining Iranian EFL Teachers’ Demotivating Factors: Years of teaching experience in focus

Document Type : Research Paper


English Department, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran


In spite of the importance of teacher's motivation only a limited number of studies have been conducted on teacher's demotivation in Iran. This study was an attempt to investigate demotivating factors among Iranian EFL language institute teachers in terms of years of teaching experience. To this end, the researchers tried to utilize a questionnaire as a research method. To collect data, a validated questionnaire was administered to a sample of 77 English teachers who were teaching in Iranian language institutes in Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran. A convenience sampling was used in this study. The data were classified and analyzed based upon the relevant research questions. The one-way between-groups ANOVA conducted on demotivating factors showed that there was a significant difference between professional development and other domains of demotivating factors among the groups of English teachers. Moreover, it was uncovered that insufficient income was among the most crucial factors providing dissatisfaction for Iranian EFL teachers in the field of teaching process. Therefore, it is important for educational institution to improve teachers’ perceptions of their job through improving job environment and condition or payments to manage language learner institutes better than before.