Ivanovska, Lela and Kasaposka-Chadlovska, Milena and Neshkovska, Silvana (2020) ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING. International Virtual Academic Conference Education and Social Sciences Business and Economics (126). pp. 48-58. ISSN 2671-3179

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Due to the newly occurred state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus out break
worldwide, the classical Macedonian education process has been currently stopped at all
education levels. In an attempt to ensure the continuity of the teaching process, many of the
higher education institutions have adapted their educational offer to online activities. This also
includes virtual classes for the foreign languages taught at university level through the use of
distance learning Internet tools.
The aim of this research was to analyze the students’ experience in the foreign language
(English and French) online classes offered during the COVID-19 pandemic at several
Macedonian higher education institutions. The research is based on a tailor-made questionnaire
in which the students were asked to state their opinions on the organization of the online
classes, the electronic platforms used in the process of online teaching, the scope of the lectures,
the type of class activities, etc. The questionnaire was also intended to explore the students’
motivation to follow the virtual language classes, the advantages and disadvantages of the
virtual classes, especially, when compared to the classical way of teaching, as well as the
difficulties the students face in the online learning process.
The results of the research indicate that although a high percentage of the students are
motivated to partake actively in the process of online learning/teaching, still, their preference
goes on the side of traditional classroom teaching and learning. The findings also point to the
necessity of improving a range of aspects of online foreign language teaching in order to
overcome the current obstacles and to eliminate all its present weak spots.
Keywords: foreign language, online classes, higher education, advantages, disadvantages

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Lela Andreevska
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 17:27
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 17:30

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