Technology, Pedagogy & Assessment: Challenges of COVID19-Imposed E-Teaching of ESP to Saudi Female PY Students

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021

20 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2021

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Amatul Hafeez Alvi

King Khalid University - Department of English

Syed Muhammad Bilal

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Aisha Abdul Rahim Alvi

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Date Written: April 2021

Abstract

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) triggered substantial shifts in the education systems worldwide as teaching and learning have had to shift from face-to-face to an entirely virtual model due to the closure of educational institutes. The present paper is a descriptive-analytical investigation of the challenges of the current pandemic-imposed E-teaching of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses to female preparatory (PY) year students at King Khalid University (KKU). It identifies teachers’ and students’ responses about the ongoing issues with E-teaching of ESP with to put practical solutions to them. The study is conducted at The University Center for Girls’ Studies- Al-Samir Campus-Abha during the academic year 2020-2021. Twenty English Language instructors at the English Language Center (ELC) and eighty students of the preparatory year at the College of Medicine enrolled in Intensive English Course (Njl-019) participated in the study. It adopts mixed qualitative methodology with the teachers’ semi-structured interview and students’ questionnaire as tools to collect data, and descriptive analysis as a method to interpret data. The study finds out reciprocity of teachers’ and students’ responses in pinpointing the factors posing serious challenges in teaching and learning ESP courses as majorly related to technology, pedagogy, and Assessment. Considering these challenges, the study puts forth practical suggestions to promote virtual teaching and learning of ESP courses. The suggested solutions are hoped to help providing successful standards for virtual ESP teaching and learning as per the constraints of quality modern education.

Keywords: Assessment, COVID-19, ESP, E-teaching, King Khalid University, pedagogy, Saudi Arabia, technology

Suggested Citation

Alvi, Amatul Hafeez and Muhammad Bilal, Syed and Abdul Rahim Alvi, Aisha, Technology, Pedagogy & Assessment: Challenges of COVID19-Imposed E-Teaching of ESP to Saudi Female PY Students (April 2021). Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3851774

Amatul Hafeez Alvi (Contact Author)

King Khalid University - Department of English ( email )

Saudi Arabia

Syed Muhammad Bilal

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ( email )

40450 Shah Alam
Johor
Dungun, Selangor 23000
Malaysia

Aisha Abdul Rahim Alvi

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ( email )

40450 Shah Alam
Johor
Dungun, Selangor 23000
Malaysia

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