afraid of our EFL teacher. I don’t like my English teacher because I think she is not a human like us. She comes from a strange place which is far from our country.
Another category of concepts and frequent themes (10.69%) produced via metaphor elicitation questionnaires and short interviews by Iranian Kurdish-speaking EFL participants were in contrast with the afore-mentioned category. The metaphorical conceptualizations in this group thematically named “EFL teacher as an angel” included images such as a kind person, a charitable person, an angel, the best human being, a beautiful angel, and a very nice individual. That is the participants of this study view an EFL teacher as an individual who has the best personal and social qualities. The entailments for this category were that an EFL teacher is a kind person who gives kindness and goodness to al language learners; an EFL teacher is a tolerant person who speaks kindly to help learners; and an EFL teacher is a heavenly angel who gives lots of gifts to the learners. EFL teacher as an angel shows the fact that the participants of this study believe in an EFL teacher as a kind, caring, and angel-like person in an EFL classroom. A sample quotation from the metaphor elicitation questionnaires and the short interviews for the theme “EFL teacher as an angel” are as follow:
Sample 4. Quotation from the metaphor elicitation questionnaire and the translation of the short interview for Participants No. 53 and No 69, respectively
Questionnaire
Participant No. 53:
Statement A: “An English language teacher is like a kind angel.
Reason A: because she is beautiful and she gives kindness and love to all learners.
Short Interview
Participant No. 69:
An EFL teacher is like an angel. We love other EFL teacher. She is very attractive and smart. She pays attention to all the students in the classroom and tries to be fair with all the students in the classroom. I like my EFL teacher very much. She is a really affectionate person.
The fifth and the sixth metaphorical groups of images pictured by Iranian Kurdish-speaking high school students entitled as “EFL teacher as a care-giver” (۹.۶۲%) and “EFL teacher as a natural element” (۸.۶۴%) included metaphorical concepts such as parents, dad, father, mother, uncle, aunt, guard, friend and sun, rain, star, mountain, water, ocean, sea, river respectively. That is, the participants of the present study view their EFL teachers as someone who gives them enough care and attention. Similarly, the metaphors under the thematic group of natural elements show the fact that the Iranian EFL learners in the present study believe that an EFL teacher is like one of the natural elements. The entailments for the former category pictured that an EFL teacher is like a dad who tries hard to manage our lives and takes cares of his children; an EFL teacher is like a mother who takes care of her children; and an EFL teacher is like a mother who does her best to bring up the best language learners. The reasons expressed by EFL learners for the latter category illustrating EFL teachers in the form of natural elements were that an EFL teacher is like sun that shines and gives energy and growth to everything; an EFL teacher is like water that is vital in learning English; and an EFL teacher is a mountain that stands in front of problems and gives the best gifts to us. Two sample quotations from the metaphor elicitation questionnaires and the short interviews for the themes “EFL teacher as a care-giver” as well as “EFL teacher as a natural element” are as follow:
Sample 5. Quotation from the metaphor elicitation questionnaire and the translation of the short interview for Participants No. 5 and No 40, respectively
Questionnaire
Participant No. 5:
Statement A: “An English language teacher is like a nurse.
Reason A: because she is very kind and takes care of all learners to become better and better language learners.
Short Interview
Participant No. 40:
An EFL teacher is like a best friend. He is very helpful and he pays attention to all the problems of your life. He knows you very well and tries to help you in difficult situations. Sometimes, he tries to praise you for your good job and sometimes he tries to show you how to find solutions.
Sample 6. Quotation from the metaphor elicitation questionnaire and the translation of the short interview for Participants No. 28 and No 19, respectively
Questionnaire

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