Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges January 2022                Pp. 48 -63
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid2.4

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Sustainability of Foreign Language Education at a Slovak University during
COVID-19 Global Pandemic
 

  Olena Hundarenko
  Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Humanities,University of Zilina, Slovakia
Corresponding Author: olena.hundarenko@fhv.uniza.sk 

 Eva Leláková
  Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities
University of Zilina, Slovakia

Beatrix Bačová
  Department of Structural Mechanics and Applied Mathematics
Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zilina, Slovakia

 

Received: 11/12/2021                      Accepted: 12/1/2021                     Published:1/24/2022

 

Abstract:
The current paper scrutinizes the students’ voice on the educational COVID-19 based changes that occurred at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, University of Žilina, Slovakia. The respondents’ study program is Teaching English Language and Literature. The significance of the study lies in the urgent need of today’s educators to detect students’ views on new modes of studying applicable these days to find beneficial solutions for the provision of high-quality education services. The focal point has been placed on the students’ voice, i.e., on the students’ comparative approach towards current online and traditional classroom mode of studying/learning. The research has been supported by a questionnaire with 11 EFL-related statements to test the hypotheses of this study. Hence, the objectives of the research have been to compare the quality of education performed through the online and offline classroom frameworks, evaluate the effectiveness of the students’ language skills development, and track students’ level of satisfaction with the running online model of studying – all this viewed and uttered by students themselves. The current research employs “mixed methods” that imply the integration of quantitative and qualitative data within a single inquiry. Overall, 61.6% of the surveyed students expressed their satisfaction with the blended learning system and their readiness to apply it in further teaching practice. This research is not exhaustive and might broaden into a comparative study of the students’ language-related feedback of the online/offline education among other European and non-European English language departments, building a substantial basis for policy decisions.
Keywords: Covid-19 impact, foreign language education, blended learning system, pros and cons of online EFL mode,
Slovak students’ voice

Cite as: Hundarenko, O., Leláková, E., & Bačová, B. (2022).  Sustainability of Foreign Language Education at a Slovak University during COVID-19 Global Pandemic.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (2) 48 -63.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid2.4

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Received: 11/12/2021 
Accepted: 12/1/2021 
Published: 1/24/2022
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Dr. Olena Hundarenko works as a senior lecturer at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, the University of Žilina, Slovakia. The focal point of her research is academic writing and writing for EFL/ESL students, public speaking, discourse analysis and various topics within stylistics and morphology linguistic disciplines.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4642-7160

Dr. Eva Leláková works as a senior lecturer at the Department of English Language and
Literature, Faculty of Humanities, the University of Žilina, Slovakia. In her research she focuses on the comparative analyses of specific lexico-semantic fields, syntactic structures of literary texts, corpus linguistics and application of the results of the matrix theory in the teaching theory and practice. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5294-2505

Beatrix Bačová works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Structural Mechanics and Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the University of Žilina, Slovakia. In her research she focuses on implementation of ICT in the teaching of mathematics using a mathematical programme MATLAB and on the statistical processing of the research results of various scientific fields. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3486-2026