An Impact of the MATEFL Program: Career Change

By Kittitouch Soontornwipast.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing graduates from a Master’s Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)at a Thai university to seek a job change and become English teachers. Eight graduates who had had full-time jobs other than English teaching and had become full-time English teachers after obtaining the MATEFL were interviewed primarily to determine the reasons for their career changes. The three most influential factors found were the desire to make a significant contribution to society, the realization of their teaching ability, and the passion for the teaching profession. Study findings and implications for English teacher education programs are discussed.

Keywords: Impact, TEFL, Teacher Education, Career Change, English Teachers

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.355-366. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.259MB).

Dr. Kittitouch Soontornwipast

Director, Master of Arts Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Kittitouch Soontornwipast is assistant professor at the Language Institute of Thammasat University. He obtained his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langauges (TESOL) at California State University, Los Angeles in 1995. He obtained his Doctor of Education in Professional Development at Victoria University, Australia in 2008. His academic interests are English program evaluation, teaching English for specific purposes, autonomous learning, instructional media, and Action Research for English teachers.He has had experiences in training primary and secondary English teachers.


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