Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                             Pp.264-280

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             Zoom Sessions in Distant Learning: Algerian EFL Students’ Perceptions and

Benmansour Souheyla
Department of English language
Faculty of Letters, Languages, and Arts
Mohammed Ben Ahmed University of Oran 2, Algeria


Recived: 2/26/2021                 Accepted:  4/11/2021                Published: 4/26/2021


During the COVID-19 pandemic, when classroom instructions are interrupted, teachers and students approach digitalization and become familiar with web conferencing. The present research aims to examine Algerian EFL students’ motivation about the use of Zoom, as an asynchronous learning approach, to help ‘bridge the gaps’, and cope with the changes they encounter while exploring online learning. As such, the main questions that set the study are: How academically appropriate is the Zoom’s integration for enhancing EFL students’ motivation? How can the perceived obstacles be challenged for the proper integration of Zoom?  To answer these problematic questions, the researcher conducted a case study with twenty EFL students at Oran university of Algeria. Informal, structured interviews and semi-structured questionnaires were employed. This study concluded that participant students have overall positive perspectives about using Zoom sessions with some limitations. Training students to use ICTs and developing positive perceptions about using online educational platforms and applications were the main recommendations for using zoom classes.
Keywords: attitudes, distant learning, motivation, Algerian EFL students’ perceptions, Zoom sessions.

Cite as: Benmansour, S. (2021). Zoom Sessions in Distant Learning: Algerian EFL Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes .
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges. (1)  264-280.


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Received: 2/26/2021 
Accepted: 4/11/2021
Published: 4/26/2021   

Dr Benmansour Souheyla is a permanent teacher at Mohammed Ben Ahmed University of Oran 2, Algeria. Her teaching areas include phonetics, linguistics, grammar and oral expression. Her field of interest revolves around the integration of ICTs in teaching and learning. In 2019, she got her doctorate degree in English language studies, entitled: ‘Integrating ICT in Algerian EFL Context: Spotlight of Teachers’ Perceptions and Outlooks;
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