TEFL Tourism: The Tourist Who Teaches

Stainton, Hayley (2017) TEFL Tourism: The Tourist Who Teaches. Tourism Geographies, 20 (1). pp. 127-143. ISSN 1461-6688, 1470-1340

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Abstract There is evident lineage between the concepts of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and tourism, represented through evocative marketing material, the commoditisation of the TEFL product, teacher motivations and experiences. Yet, to date there has been little attention paid to this relationship. The amalgamation of the two concepts brings rise to the introduction of the niche form of tourism ‘TEFL tourism’, where the tourist travels outside of their usual environment to teach English as a foreign language and whose role shifts between tourist, educator and educatee at various points in their trip. The TEFL tourism phenomenon is explored through the use of a two-phase research approach employing the qualitative examination of blogs written by TEFL teachers and quantitative surveys. Drawing parallels with associated tourism forms including volunteer, education and philanthropic, it is concluded that TEFL tourism is an entity in its own right, with unique characteristics and motivations presented by TEFL tourists. The use of logistic regression facilitated the analysis of TEFL teacher types, presenting a typology classifying tourists as leisure-minded; philanthropy-minded; career-minded; expatriate-minded. This case-study examination facilitates initial comprehension of the TEFL tourism industry, providing basis for subsequent research to be undertaken to enable enhanced sustainable management of the TEFL industry worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: TEFL Tourism, Education, Volunteer, Philanthropy, Sustainability
Depositing User: J McPeak
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 04:00
URI: https://bnu.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/15372

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