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Parsaiyan S F, Mirzaeian V, Aghamohammad Sadegh H. Academic Major Change: Exploring the Experiences and Views of MA TEFL Major-Changers and University Instructors. LRR. 2021; 12 (5) :521-549
URL: http://lrr.modares.ac.ir/article-14-46117-en.html
1- Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran , f.parsa@alzahra.ac.ir
2- Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
3- MA in TEFL, Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
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Annually, a good number of Iranian students who have completed their undergraduate studies in non-English-related majors apply and enroll in Master’s level Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) programs. Although evaluating MA TEFL program in Iran from university instructors’ and students’ perspectives has so far been the subject of several studies, the experiences and views of these TEFL major-changers have not been duly explored. To address the existing gap, in this qualitative research, the experiences of major-changers studying TEFL at MA level in three state universities in Tehran have been investigated. Besides, six TEFL university instructors were asked to share their perspectives concerning major-changers attending MA TEFL programs. In the main, the findings revealed that motives like interest in pursuing an English teaching career rather than a job related to their former major; gaining the required competency through attending crash courses held by university exam preparatory institutes; facing challenges in acquiring the specialized discourse of the community; and witnessing realities which ran counter to their prior supposition, as discussed by the major-changers and the instructors, formed part of the lived experiences and views of these major-changers.
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Article Type: Research article | Subject: English language
Published: 2021/12/1

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