Prior to and in the Course of Covid-19 Pandemic: Exploring Learners’ Experiences of Learning English through Narrative Lens

Keywords: Narrative Inquiry, EFL Learners’ Experiences, Face-to-face Learning, Asynchronous Learning, Hybrid Learning

Abstract

The language learning largely took place in the classroom, especially prior to Covid-19 pandemic and that this occurrence resulted in simplicity for the learners to learn and interact with each other because they could directly make in contact with their classmates and their teachers. However, since the pandemic developed in March 2020, all the learning process was subsequently altered into online learning. To date, studies on language learning has been undertaken by the researchers both at intra and international level. Despite the existence of these former studies, little work reports the comprehensive picture of language learning experiences prior to and during Covid-19 pandemic. To fill this lacuna, the current article reports on a narrative inquiry of EFL learners’ experiences of learning English prior to and during Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing upon data from a semi-structured interview with two Indonesian EFL learners of the sixth semester majoring in English education program, the finding indicates that EFL learners have sustained multifaceted learning experiences prior to and during the pandemic. They have gone through face-to-face learning prior to the pandemic, asynchronous learning during the pandemic and hybrid learning experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. This article concludes with suggestions for promoting hybrid learning model in the EFL setting, particularly in a higher education during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Author Biography

Achmad Kholili, Universitas Islam Zainul Hasan Genggong, Probolinggo, Indonesia

Achmad Kholili is a faculty member in the Department of English Education at University of Islam Zainul Hasan Genggong, Indonesia. He obtained his bachelor degree of English Education at University of Muhammadiyah Jember. He subsequently gained his master degree in English Language Teaching at University of Islam Malang. His papers, lately, have been appeared in a number of national and international journals, such as VELES: Voices of English Language Education Society, ELT Forum: Journal of English Language Teaching, Lingual: Journal of Language and Culture, Journal of Research on English and Language Learning, Journal of English Teaching and Learning, and International Journal of Research in English Education. His research interests fall within the area of Academic Writing, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and TESOL.

Published
2021-09-11
How to Cite
Kholili, A. (2021). Prior to and in the Course of Covid-19 Pandemic: Exploring Learners’ Experiences of Learning English through Narrative Lens. Elsya : Journal of English Language Studies, 3(3). https://doi.org/10.31849/elsya.v3i3.6748
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