Perspectives on English Language Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thuong Nguyen


Introduction: Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the worldwide education systems, leading to school closures in many countries as well as changes in the whole educational system. Therefore, there has been a rapid shift from face-to-face education to emergency online teaching. English language teaching and learning is an integral flow in this stream of online processes. Hence, this study aimed to explore both teachers’ and students’ perspectives on English language teaching and learning during COVID-19 pandemic.

Methodology: The participants included 23 English as Foreign Language learners and 18 teachers. The respondents took part in semi-structured interviews and filled out the questionnaire. Thematic analysis was performed to analyze the obtained data.

Results: The findings from qualitative data revealed that all the participants, as learners, agreed upon the positive influences of online English learning in terms of skill development. Besides, they also considered the flexibility of class schedules and a variety of online assignments as the biggest advantages while bothering with some disadvantages such as internet/technical and health problems. As for English language teachers, speaking skill was the most challenging skill to help students; moreover, some of their concerns included difficulties in class management, online interaction, facilitation, assessment, and digital literacy. Nevertheless, they confirmed the advantages of online resources, new knowledge of technological issues, and development of learner autonomy.

Conclusion: Overall, the research appeals to more support from university officials to improve the quality of online English teaching and learning. It also contributes to making both teachers’ and learners’ voices heard during the coronavirus quarantine.

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Nguyen , T. (2023). Perspectives on English Language Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Contemporary Language Research, 2(1), 16–32.
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