Occupational stress levels and licensure status of ESL Teachers
Christine Abigail Andoy, Laarni Bilonoac
This study focuses on the causes of stress to ESL online teachers and their coping mechanisms to be able to get through it. The design used in the study is a descriptive correlational design making use of a random sampling in the selection of the participants. A standardized questionnaire with a twenty-five item statements were answered and distributed. A focused discussion is also utilized to gather data regarding their own coping mechanisms to help them alleviate stress. Results show a strong correlation of online ESL teachers’ stress and their statuses of being a licensed teacher or not. Online ESL teachers show high levels of stress that have significant effects on their mental and physical health. The interview results suggested some coping mechanisms of the online ESL teachers that include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and other recreational activities.