TERTIARY LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS’ EXPERIENCES OF ONLINE EDUCATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR IN-SERVICE AND PRE-SERVICE ENGLISH TEACHERS

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2022-9-14
Kıyan, Şebnem
This study aimed to investigate English language instructors’ experiences and suggestions on online education due to COVID-19 pandemic in their educational setting. Forty-seven English language instructors at an English-medium state university in Turkey participated in the study. For this convergent design mixed method study, an online survey was conducted. The quantitative data collected through a Likert scale survey was analyzed via descriptive statistics including mean scores and standard deviation while constant comparison method was applied to analyze the qualitative data. According to the findings, in online education the instructors mostly benefited from the variety of online tools and the flexibility of place and time. However, they also found online education challenging mainly because of the decrease in student motivation and technical issues. The study also reveals the instructors adapted to the new practices primarily with the help of online tools and the administration. For further implementation, the instructors preferred blended teaching as they believed it was suitable for the content of their lessons. Regarding the in-service training sessions, the instructors stated they benefited from the ones prepared by the administration on online tools and the LMS of their institution. They recommended that the newly recruited teachers ask for help from their colleagues and administration. Additionally, the instructors believed teaching via online education should be included in pre-service English language teacher education programs. The current study may be beneficial for English language instructors, in-service/ pre-service English language teachers, administrators, teacher trainers and program developers in other and /or similar educational contexts.

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Ş. Kıyan, “TERTIARY LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS’ EXPERIENCES OF ONLINE EDUCATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR IN-SERVICE AND PRE-SERVICE ENGLISH TEACHERS,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.