Barriers of Teaching English Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Voices of English Teachers in Indonesian Secondary Schools
The present study aims to explore a dozen barriers of teaching English in Indonesian secondary Schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The qualitative study documents the teaching experiences of English teachers at Indonesian Junior high schools. By employing a purposive sampling technique, the writer collected data through semi-structured interviews with three English teachers in Indonesian secondary Schools. The result of the study evidence that the barriers of teaching English encountered by them amidst the COVID-19 pandemic cover the difficulties of controlling learning activities among students, the difficulties of providing feedback of English materials because of the distance, the constraints of signal and quota, the difficulties of identifying the progress of students’ learning at once and the students’ boredom during joining online class, ineffective assessment of English materials through e-learning, lack of preparation among English teachers and students in using e-learning, the difficulties in meeting students’ need, lack of training, support and technical expertise. This study has offered an implication of promoting successful English learning by providing innovative teaching media for English teachers and the need of better engagement among students in joining English class amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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