Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023     Pp.304-323

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 What’s Next? Challenges of Teaching English in the Post-Covid-19 Pandemic in Kuwait 

Munirah AlAjlan
Department of English Language & Literature
College of Arts, Kuwait University
Corresponding Author:

Marouj Ani
Department of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering & Petroleum
Kuwait University


Received:10/20/2022         Accepted:01/10/2023               Published:01/20/2023


The migration from the traditional teaching method to online learning has affected both learners and educators at all levels. In Kuwait, this switch is implemented during three semesters. In this paper, we examine the challenges that Teachers of the English Language face today in Kuwait Post COVID-19. After the temporary on-learning that lasted three semesters, the current study investigates the impact of English language skills on school learners. The survey of the current study consisted of a total of 58 English female government secondary school teachers. While other studies have focused on the challenges that learners faced during this pandemic, this study chiefly concentrates on government teachers. The significance of this paper is to provide remedial plans to respond better to emergencies. The main question of this study is ‘What are the challenges that governmental ESL teachers faced during the pandemic? And what are the remedial plans that could be implemented? To answer these questions,  a mixed methodology is used to achieve the research goal in which data are collected through an open-ended questionnaire and by interviewing three randomly selected participants. Teachers’questionnaire (closed-ended) and semi-structured narrative interviews revealed that COVID-19 has a positive and negative impact on English language skills. The effects of online English language learning on secondary school students in Kuwait result in a poor level of proficiency that teachers would need to improve. There are numerous challenges facing English Language teachers in the traditional classroom and remedial plans are being implemented to fix the impact that the pandemic left on students’ language skills.
Keywords: COVID-19, English as Foreign Language, English language skills, Online classroom, Traditional classroom,

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Received: 10/20/2022
Accepted: 01/10/2023
Published: 01/20/2023 

Munirah AlAjlan holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (the University of Newcastle upon Tyne) and a PhD in Applied Sociolinguistics (King’s College London). She is currently teaching in the Department of English Language & Literature, College of Arts, Kuwait University. AlAjlan research interests fall into discourse and narrative analysis, language and media, political linguistics and gender studies. ORCid ID

Marouj Ani is a senior student in the College of Engineering & Petroleum, at Kuwait University. She is currently majoring in Civil Engineering where she learns to design, construct, and manages projects using better-quality materials with less costs.  ORCid ID ( 0000-0002-6037-005X. )