Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                           Pp. 281-294
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Online Learning amid COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study of Vocabulary Learning


          Muayad Abdulhalim Ahmad Shamsan
Department of English, College of Arts, University of Bisha
Bisha, Saudi Arabia

Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali
Department of English, College of Arts, University of Bisha
Bisha, Saudi Arabia

Taha Ahmed Hezam
Department of English, College of Arts, University of Bisha,
Bisha, Saudi Arabia
Department of English, Taiz University, Taiz, Yemen


Recieved:2/22/2021               Accepted: 4/16/2021                  Published: 4/26/2021 

The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led countries to implement measures to prevent its spread. One of these measures included shutting down schools and universities. Consequently, the teaching, learning and assessment processes were entirely shifted from face-to-face to online. The current study aimed to investigate online vocabulary learning strategies (VLSs) amid COVID-19 pandemic used by Saudi EFL students. It attempted to find out the online strategies Saudi EFL astudents use to get the meaning of new vocabulary, the strategies they use to study new vocabulary and the strategies they follow to revise the learned vocabulary and keep them as part of their repertoire. The sample of the study was 119 male and female English and non-English majors. The study modified Kulikova’s (2015) questionnaire.  This study was conducted at the University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia, during a fully online learning period in September and October 2020 at the time of COVID-19 outbreak. The data were collected via a self-administered questionnaire form. It was distributed via teachers of the English Department. The study found out that English majors used vocabulary learning strategies more than non-English majors.  It also showed that students do not ask their teachers about the meaning of new vocabulary (77%), they also do not ask their classmates (92%), nor they ask their friends (85%), which could be attributed to online study and due to social distance during coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, online learning strategies, Saudi EFL students, vocabulary learning strategies

Cite as: Shamsan, M. A.A., Ali, J.K.M., & Hezam, T. A. (2021). Online Learning amid COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study of Vocabulary Learning Strategies. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 281-294.


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Received: 2/22/2021   
Accepted: 4/16/2021  
Published: 4/26/2021

Dr. Muayad Abdulhalim Ahmad Shamsan is a Ph.D. holder in Applied Linguistics. He teaches courses in linguistics and translation at the University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia. His research interests include contrastive linguistics and translation studies.

Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia. He received BA form Hodiedah University, Yemen in 2004, MA in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad in 2008 and PhD  in Applied Linguistics from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2012. Interested in Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics and Discourse Analysis.

Taha Ahmed Hasan Hezam is an Assistant Professor of English for more than 10 years. He worked in many universities in Yemen and taught many courses in language and language teaching. He headed the Department of English at Taiz University for more than five years and supervised the Teacher-training Unit. He participated in developing the B. A. course-plan of  English Department at Taiz University, Yemen. He also participated in developing the B. A. and M. A. course plans of English Department at University of Bisha, KSA. He is now a supervisor of the E-learning and Distance Education Unit in  College of Arts, University of Bisha.