Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3 September 2021 Pp. 16-35
University Education in Algeria during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Limitations and
Department of Global Studies, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Correspondent Author: Nassima.firstname.lastname@example.org
Salah Eddine Salhi
Department of Letters and Languages, Tlemcen University, Algeria
Received: 6/22/2021 Accepted: 8/28/2021 Published: 9/24/2021
The study deals with the subject of learning languages online. Many studies (Chelghoum & Chelghoum, 2020; Arabeche & Soudani, 2021) have been carried out over the last year to investigate the needs of the pedagogical changes as a result of the world health situation. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc all over the globe. This unprecedented situation created huge complications for citizens worldwide, with emergency offices suddenly appearing in students’ and workers’ kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms due to the large-scale lockdowns and stringent restrictions on movement put into place by governments. The sudden and unexpected nature of this “new normal” left very little time for acclimatisation to the online learning modes, with students and teachers alike adapting and improvising. This study aims to investigate the difficulties of Algerian students and analysing the interactive techniques which could be applied in language studying, and overcoming the barriers of computer screens. In this case, we address the goals used in university teaching in Algeria to be able to understand the situation and draw a possible new strategy to achieve a quality education. First, the topic is introduced, followed by an analysis of teaching and learning methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Afterwards, the methodology is defined, highlighting the relation between the Psycholinguistics (Hanim Rahmat, 2018) and the Communicative Approach (Hymes, 1972). A qualitative study is carried out to describe the problems faced by the students and offer some possible recommendations, taking into account the social context experienced during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Keywords: Algerian universities, challenges and limitations, communicative approach, COVID
-19, education, learning languages, psycholinguistics
Cite as: Kerras, N.,& Salhi , S. E. (2021). University Education in Algeria during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Limitations and Challenges .
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