Self-efficacy Beliefs of EFL Teachers when Having Transnational Students in their Classroom


  • Lilette Hernández Universidad Veracruzana
  • Oscar Narváez Universidad Veracruzana


Transnational, Teaching, Self-efficacy, Return Migration, Transnacional, enseñanza, Autoeficacia, Migración de retorno


For many years, return migration from the United States to Mexico has been very present. According to Jacobo (2018), as cited in Despange and Manzano (2020), 1.5 million of these return migrants are school-aged children. Nonetheless, little do we know about how these transnational student teachers face the situation. The main objective of this study is to bring understanding to the self-efficacy beliefs EFL teachers present when receiving transnational students. For this purpose, a qualitative case study was conducted in which five EFL teachers at a public Mexican university were interviewed. Findings indicate that teachers’ self-efficacy perception tends to be positive and enriching. Teachers reported not having problems when integrating these students into their classrooms. However, when facing obstacles, they have developed different strategies to overcome them. This brings forth new information that had not been presented before, with the intent of closing the gap in the transnational literature.


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Author Biographies

Lilette Hernández, Universidad Veracruzana

Karla Lilette holds a bachelor's degree in English from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV). She is currently studying for a master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language at the UV. Her research interests relate to transnationalism and teaching English. 

Oscar Narváez, Universidad Veracruzana

Óscar is a full-time professor at the School of Languages, Universidad Veracruzana (UV). He holds an MA in TEFL from Aston University and a PhD in Language Studies from Kent University, UK. His research interests relate to educational actors' beliefs and perspectives about teacher education processes, including research education, training approaches, and academic writing. He has published books, chapters, and articles resulting from his research topics. 




How to Cite

Hernández Costeño, K. L., & Narváez Trejo, Óscar M. (2024). Self-efficacy Beliefs of EFL Teachers when Having Transnational Students in their Classroom. CIEX JOURNAL, (18), 9–19. Retrieved from