EFL Students’ Challenges of Online Courses at Van Lang University during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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https://doi.org/10.54855/ijte.22221

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challenges, online courses, EFL students, COVID-19

Abstract

In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced most activities around the world, especially EFL education. Due to the pandemic, all schools and colleges must turn traditional education into online education through online learning platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and so forth. The research aims to investigate the concentration challenges that EFL students at Van Lang University are encountering while they are studying online. The paper used quantitative and qualitative methods by conducting questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews with 100 second-year, third-year, and four-year students at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Van Lang University (VLU). Based on the data collection, the results of this research have demonstrated that most EFL students faced some common distractions like external noises, unstable internet connections, the harmful effects of too much screen time, and so on. After the investigation, this study suggests that lecturers at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Van Lang University look for numerous positive solutions to solve EFL students' trouble in order to enhance the quality of online courses.

Author Biographies

Pham Manh Tri, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pham Manh Tri is an undergraduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, discusses the challenges of online learning, as well as its effects on EFL students’ academic performance. The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University is where he is currently conducting his research.

Luu Thi Tu Uyen, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Luu Thi Tu Uyen is an undergraduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, discusses the challenges of online learning, as well as its effects on EFL students’ academic performance. The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University is where she is currently conducting her research.

Mai Thi Hoang Uyen, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mai Thi Hoang Uyen is an undergraduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, discusses the challenges of online learning, as well as its effects on EFL students’ academic performance. The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University is where she is currently conducting her research.

Thai Thuy Thuy Trang, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thai Thuy Thuy Trang is an undergraduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, discusses the challenges of online learning, as well as its effects on EFL students’ academic performance. The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University is where she is currently conducting her research.

Ngo Thi Cam Thuy, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ms. Ngo Thi Cam Thuy, M.A. and doctoral candidate in TESOL, is a lecturer of Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City. She has had more than 25 years teaching English- majoring students. She presented her Research at GloCALL 2019, AALA 2019, CAMTESOL 2020, OPENTESOL 2020, VIETTESOL 2020 and Asia CALL 2021. Her main interests include Professional Development, Methodology, Learner Autonomy, Language Assessment and Emotion Regulation.

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Pham, M. T., Luu, T. T. U., Mai, . T. H. U., Thai, T. T. T., & Ngo, T. C. T. (2022). EFL Students’ Challenges of Online Courses at Van Lang University during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 2(2), 1–26. https://doi.org/10.54855/ijte.22221