Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number3. September 2022 Pp.467-481
EFL Learners’ Perspectives of E-Learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Study on
Saudi College Students
King Abdulaziz Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Received:03/06/2022 Accepted:09/04/2022 Published:09/24/2022
The learning process during Covid-19 pandemic has witnessed significant changes in the modes of instruction, with E-learning emerging as an absolute path in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learning. The current study seeks to investigate the perspectives of Saudi EFL students with regard to e-learning during the pandemic and the challenges encountered. The significance of this study stems from the importance of integrating e-learning into language learning in a methodological way with the proper planning of activities, technologies, and tutors and students’ skills. The participants of this study consisted of Saudi EFL learners in two Saudi universities, namely King Saud University and King Khalid University, who study in the department of English language. The sample consisted of (53) students who study in their fourth year and who were selected randomly from the department of English language. The research results demonstrated that the perceptions of the students of e-learning during the Covid-19 pandemic were positive because they see that e-learning makes learning easier, especially in the student-instructor interaction, as well as using various teaching styles and assessment methods and they participated in making the students prefer e-learning in their future education. However, the students reported that they do not have all the technical skills needed for e-learning and that they face technical problems and a lack of social relations during online learning. Based on these results, the researcher recommended training the students on e-learning skills and platforms and providing them with the required technologies for the effective adoption of e-learning.
Keywords: EFL learners’ perspectives, e-learning, covid-19 pandemic, Saudi students, online learning
Cite as: Binmahboob, T. (2022). EFL Learners’ Perspectives of E-Learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Study on Saudi College Students
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