Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                           pp.172-182

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Psychological Difficulties during the Covid Lockdown: Video in Blended Digital Teaching Language,
Literature, and Culture

Oksana Babelyuk
Department of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies, Institute of Psychology and Social Protection,
Lviv State University of Life Safety, Lviv, Ukraine 

Olena Koliasa
Department of Germanic Languages and Translation Studies, Institute of Foreign Languages, Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University, Drohobych, Ukraine
Corresponding Author: 

Vasyl Lopushanskyy
Department of German Language Practice, Institute of Foreign Languages,
Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University, Drohobych, Ukraine 

Valeriia Smaglii
Philology Department, Odesa National Maritime University, Odesa, Ukraine 

Svitlana Yukhymets
Department of Philology, Odesa National Maritime University, Odesa, Ukraine


Recived: 3/6/2021                            Accepted: 4/7/2021                           Published: 4/26/2021


The recent COVID-19 pandemic has caused an urgent necessity for higher education institutions and their teaching staff to move the educational process online in the shortest possible time. It should be admitted that higher education worldwide is changing, and institutions face challenges when adapting to the new COVID-19 reality – blended digital teaching and learning. They are tackling several issues connected with the essence of virtual education, its technical aspect, and students’ learning environment. During COVID-19 lockdown, teachers have to prepare and deliver their classes from home, simultaneously coping with numerous professional and technical challenges, often without any appropriate support. In addition to that, they were lack of technology literacy, professional knowledge, and experience needed for successful E-teaching. Besides, a new mode of blended digital teaching and learning also made them consider technical and administrative aspects of the current educational process, namely to use new educational platforms and tools, organize active workflows, and work out critical educational principles to design and facilitate practical online experiences. Along with the challenges that the teachers face in such conditions, they should be able to cope with the stress and psychological disorders of pupils and students. The article emphasizes the abnormal psychology of youngsters (pupils and students) as the result of stress and anxiety that appeared during Covid lockdown – the application of psychological science to understanding and treating mental disorders – and the use of video as a productive means of avoiding psychological disabilities. The research objective is to prove that video is an effective educational tool for avoiding psychological difficulties in blended digital learning during COVID-19 lockdown while teaching foreign languages, literature, and culture. Special attention is paid to psychological strategies of overcoming stress during COVID-19 lockdown, as well as to effective ways to students’ adapt to a virtual learning environment, development and implementation of anti-stress methods, which heighten their motivation. The article also heads on and explores potential solutions to educational problems that one can encounter in the new educational process at the post-COVID-19 epidemic period, such as the quality of education offered, its cost and availability, internationalization, and employability.
Keywords: blended, Covid lockdown (COVID-19), culture, digital teaching, disabilities, language, literature,
psychological, video, Ukraine.

Cite as: Babelyuk, O., Koliasa, O., Lopushanskyy, V., Smaglii, V., &Yukhymets,S.(2021).Psychological Difficulties during the Covid Lockdown: Video in Blended Digital Teaching Language, Literature, and Culture . Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 172-182.


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Received: 3/6/2021 
Accepted: 4/7/2021
Published: 4/26/2021  

Oksana Babelyuk, Doctor of Philology of Lviv State University of Life Safety.  The research interests include Linguopoetics, Stylistics, Cognitive Poetics, Text Interpretation, Postmodern poetics, Contemporary American literarure (the short story genre). She is the Chief Editor of the scientific journal “Lviv Philology Journal” in Lviv State University of Life Safety.

Olena Koliasa, PhD (Philology), Associate Professor of Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University. Now is currently working on problems of Cognitive Linguistics and Postmodern Poetics, Stylistics, Text Interpretation.

Vasyl Lopushanskyy, PhD (Psychology), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of German Language Practice of Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University.

Valeriia Smaglii, Doctor of Philology, Associate Professor of Odesa National Maritime University. The field of her interests include Phonetics and Phonology, concepts, Intercultural Communication, Pragmatics.

Svitlana Yukhymets, PhD, Professional qualification: Philologist-Translator into the English Language, University Teacher of Theory and Practice of Translating. Her research interests cover a range of linguistic problems, many of which fall within the scope of translation as well as foreign language teaching methods.