This article is the report of a qualitative case study proposed to investigate the demotivation factors of foreign EFL teachers in Turkish context. To that end, two foreign teachers of English language were chosen as the subjects at a primary/ secondary school in east of Turkey. Face-to-face interviews, profile forms, field notes and diaries were used to obtain the necessary data for the research. The findings indicated that lack of effective communication with school administration and colleagues and lack of interest, attention and respect from behalf of students were the main causes of demotivation at work for both teachers.


Demotivation, Foreign, Native, EFL Teachers

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Dr. Han is an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters of Ordu University (2016-continue). He also worked at Kafkas University between 2006 and 2016. His areas of research center on EFL measurement and assessment issues, language learning and teaching. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: turgayhan@yahoo.com.tr.

Zinat Mahzoun is an English teacher. She is currently doing a Master’s degree in language learning and teaching. Her areas of research center on individual differences in language learning.

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