Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp.419-434

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From the Normal to the New Normal: Reflecting Metamorphosis in Pedagogies 

Md. Mostaq Ahamed*
Department of English
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

Sharmin Siddiqui
Faculty of Languages and Translation
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA


Received:  3/12/2021              Accepted:  7/24/2021              Published: 7/31/2021


The study aims to shed some light on pedagogical and learning issues that have cropped up during the pandemic for transitioning from traditional classrooms to entirely virtual learning. The study reflects how the paradigm shift can directly or indirectly affect the soft skills of all parties involved in the success or the failure of an educational system. An in-depth focus group discussion methodology was used to collect information in this qualitative study. Thirty faculty who taught online courses at the tertiary level were selected for the discussions. They provide significant insights about how the fully online learnings continued longer than the anticipated timelines impact the pedagogical value and the futurity of an individual’s educational goals. The study shows that embracing the virtual approach in teaching can promote teachers’ innovativeness by using various new applications and digital tools but bring new challenges for dealing with diverse learning styles.
Keywords: asynchronous communication, COVID 19, eLearning, extrovert, introvert, modes of communication,
synchronous communication, virtual education

Cite as:   Ahamed, M.M., & Siddiqui, S. (2021). From the Normal to the New Normal: Reflecting Metamorphosis in Pedagogies.
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Received: 3/12/2021  
Accepted: 7/24/2021
Published: 7/31/2021 

Md. Mostaq Ahamed*, an ex-lecturer of King Khalid University, Abha, KSA, has MAs in English literature, ELT, and Education. He is a Cambridge certified teacher and a Teaching Excellence and Achievement Fellow, George Mason University, Virginia, USA. His fields of interest are applied linguistics, English literature, and ELT. ORCid ID:

Sharmin Siddiqui,  an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT, is a lecturer of the Faculty of Languages and Translation at King Khalid University, Abha, KSA. Her fields of interest are applied linguistics and ELT. ORCid ID: