Perspectives on Covid19 Safety Protocols among Non-Native English Speaking Teachers and Students

Don Anton Robles Balida, Romulo Aujero Alegre, May Rhea Siapno Lopez, Glennest Joy Daliba Balida


This study sought to elicit global perspectives on Covid19 safety protocols when communicated in English to teachers and students of other languages. Adherence through comprehension of safety protocols by non-native English speaking students and teachers of higher education institutions (HEIs) is central to this investigation. Covid19 pandemic resulted in an unprecedented impact on the education sector. Since the well-being of students and teachers against any form of risk is a priority, safety protocols should be communicated effectively using comprehensible language. However, there is a valid observation on the lack of inquiries on how HEIs communicate, facilitate and implement those safety protocols to ensure adherence. Hence, the quantitative research approach was employed to address the problem presented. Primary data were collected through a structured questionnaire from 450 global student and teacher respondents. The respondents were chosen through a referral sampling technique, also known as a snowball, they joined the online survey, which took place for a month. The descriptive correlational research design was used, and the data were treated using descriptive and inferential statistical tools. Results revealed that out of eighteen components of safety protocols for educational institutions, wearing face masks is clearly understood and was noted as the most prevalently observed. The high level of knowledge and awareness on safety protocols among respondents is linked to massive information dissemination. The step-wise regression model identified only two significant predictors for a conforming perspective: wearing a face mask and physical distancing. The rest of the pre-identified protocols do not significantly affect or influence the perspectives. These results suggest that the respondents adhere to all protocols and agree that wearing face masks is their foremost concern. A negative perspective is indicated toward those who resist following the Covid19 protocols, suggesting that the respondents are aware of the importance of safety protocols in reducing positive cases if religiously observed. This study concludes that protocols for any crisis should be maintained and institutionalised because they serve their purpose better with proper implementation. Furthermore, English as a medium for communicating those health and safety is not a barrier and did not interfere with the respondents’ understanding and adherence. Therefore, the language of the protocols is within the grasp of the respondents, which is attributed to the success of its implementation.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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