Season of Migration to Remote Language Learning Platforms: Voices from EFL University Learners

Author: Lamis Omar

Keywords: online learning, learner experience, EFL, perceptions, feedback

DOI: 10.5430/ijhe.v10n2p62

The abrupt disruption of the traditional face-to-face language instruction due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools and higher learning institutions in Oman and around the globe to establish a virtual learning environment. This crisis-prompted remote learning has been a new experience for most teachers and students alike, a variable that may affect students’ learning. Thus, it is significant to understand the students’ experience with online teaching and learning. This study explicitly examines online teaching and learning as perceived by English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students of a higher learning institution in Oman. A total number of (112) undergraduate students in Oman acted as a data source by responding to a computer-assisted survey questionnaire. The survey focused on the following themes: overall first-time online language learning experience; online courses; online learning mode and attainment of graduate attributes; effectiveness of online teaching and delivery; utilization and usefulness of electronic learning devices; and e-learning language skills. The findings highlight the significance of exploring learners’ online learning experience and its implications for planning, implementing, teaching, and assessing online language education.