Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of  2nd  MEC TESOL Conference   2020                   Pp.17-35
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.2

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Online EFL Emergency Remote Teaching during COVID 19, Challenges and Innovative
Practices: A Case of Oman
  

 Samia Naqvi 
Center for Foundation Studies, Middle East College
Sultanate of Oman, Muscat
Correspondent author: snaqvi@mec.edu.om

Insiya Zehra
Department of Electronics and Communication
Middle East College
Sultanate of Oman, Muscat 

 

Abstract:
The emergent situation brought about by COVID 19 has led to an unprecedented change in the educational sector worldwide, including the Sultanate of Oman. Most of the educational institutions here have responded swiftly to fulfill the requirements of academia by switching to an online emergency remote teaching mode overnight. To get adjusted to the ‘new normal,’ teachers across all academic disciplines, including the English language, have had to adapt to new teaching approaches and learn new skills and competencies to confront this challenge. This empirical cross-sectional research study explores the teacher technology self-efficacy, the challenges faced, and the innovative practices adopted by the EFL teachers during the crisis. A mixed-methods approach was used here, including an online survey and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with six teachers. The survey was administered to 100 EFL teachers from fourteen higher-education institutions, whereas the interviews were held with six survey participants. The study found that majority of the teachers had a strong sense of self-efficacy in using technology as well as considerably positive learning experiences and novel innovations, which all resulted in the various ways they faced pandemic-related challenges. The paper gives, in particular, an account of the innovative techniques adopted by the interviewed teachers during the Pandemic crisis. This investigation hopefully adds to the field of knowledge by sharing effective, innovative techniques that have relevance to EFL teaching in Oman and beyond.
Keywords: COVID 19, Emergency Remote teaching (ERT), Teacher Technology Self-efficacy (TTS), innovative techniques

Cite as: Naqvi, S., & Zehra, I. (2020). Online EFL Emergency Remote Teaching during COVID 19, Challenges and Innovative Practices: A Case of Oman. Arab World English Journal(AWEJ). Proceedings of 2nd MEC TESOLConference 2020. 17-35.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.2

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Dr. Samia Naqvi is presently working at the Middle East College, Muscat, Oman, as the Head of
the Center for Foundation Studies (CFS). Alongside the administration of CFS, she is involved in
teaching, design, development, delivery, and evaluation of Undergraduate and Foundation level
English language courses. She has designed several ESP, EAP, and Business communication
courses. She holds a Ph.D. in English Language teaching with specific reference to the use of ICTs
for language learning.
Insiya Zehra is a student of Middle East College, Muscat, Oman. She is majoring in Electronics
and Instrumentation. She has strong communication skills and holds a strong interest in the field
of language acquisition. She has written numerous articles and stories for the school magazine
and newsletter.