Season of Migration to Remote Language Learning Platforms: Voices from EFL University Learners

International Journal of Higher Education

International Journal of Higher Education

12 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2021

See all articles by Abdelrahman Abdalla Salih

Abdelrahman Abdalla Salih

Dhofar University - Department of English Language & Literature

Date Written: November 19, 2020

Abstract

The abrupt disruption of the traditional face-to-face language instruction due to the unprecedented COVID-19
pandemic has forced many schools and higher learning institutions in Oman and around the globe to establish a virtual
learning environment. This crisis-prompted remote learning has been a new experience for most teachers and students
alike, a variable that may affect students' learning. Thus, it is significant to understand the students' experience with
online teaching and learning. This study explicitly examines online teaching and learning as perceived by English as a
Foreign Language (EFL) students of a higher learning institution in Oman. A total number of (112) undergraduate
students in Oman acted as a data source by responding to a computer-assisted survey questionnaire. The survey focused
on the following themes: overall first-time online language learning experience; online courses; online learning mode
and attainment of graduate attributes; effectiveness of online teaching and delivery; utilization and usefulness of
electronic learning devices; and e-learning language skills. The findings highlight the significance of exploring
learners' online learning experience and its implications for planning, implementing, teaching, and assessing online
language education.

Keywords: online learning, learner experience, EFL, perceptions, feedback

JEL Classification: Z39

Suggested Citation

Abdalla Salih, Abdelrahman, Season of Migration to Remote Language Learning Platforms: Voices from EFL University Learners (November 19, 2020). International Journal of Higher Education, International Journal of Higher Education, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3803754

Abdelrahman Abdalla Salih (Contact Author)

Dhofar University - Department of English Language & Literature ( email )

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Oman

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