Conflicting Student Viewpoints about Online EFL Learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Focus on Effective Learning and Well-being

Laura Naka


Due to the total shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide countries regardless of their development shifted instruction to the online learning method. This study aims to investigate the views of students in undergraduate studies about the impact of online (EFL) English foreign language learning on educational issues and well-being. Through questionnaires and focus group discussions, participants revealed their real sensitivities and views about online EFL learning, thus both quantitative and qualitative research methods are implemented in the present study. Their experiences showed the advantages that supported their needs during a certain period such as the pandemic, but also the challenges they went through during that time. The study presents social and educational implications that are directly related to technology and environmental conditions during online learning that affected the well-being of students. Results showed that shifting to online classes uncovered contradictory preferences among students regarding online learning and teaching. Finally, this study provides an overview, that in case the implementation of online or hybrid learning is requested again in the future, the necessary preparations that meet the educational and social needs of the students should be taken into account.

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

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