Close to the Heart or Close to the Home? Motivational Factors Influencing EFL Teaching as a Career Choice among Female Arab Citizens of Israel Students

  •  Iman Garra-Alloush    
  •  Wisam Chaleila    
  •  Abeer Watted    


The purpose of this study is to examine pre-service teachers’ motivations for choosing English as a foreign language (EFL) teaching as a future profession for Female Arab citizens living in Israel. Data were gathered using the adapted Factors Influencing Teaching Choice (FIT-Choice) scale. Study participants (a cohort of N = 100) responded to a questionnaire of 38 motivational factors that had influenced them to choose English teaching as a future profession when entering education colleges. In addition, 20 of the participants took part in semi-structured interviews. Results revealed that the reasons Arab students become English teachers are based on a combination of intrinsic, extrinsic, and altruistic motivations. As all study participants were women, our results provide an initial indication of what draws Arab women living in Israel to the profession.

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