Do You Prefer Online Learning to Offline Learning? EFL Students’ Voices

Aimah, Siti and Darwis, Djamaluddin and Meng, Ooi Choon and Purwanto, Bambang and Ifadah, Muhimatul (2023) Do You Prefer Online Learning to Offline Learning? EFL Students’ Voices. UNIMUS. (Submitted)

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Abstract. The length of online learning causes the saturation and demotivation of EFL students from attending online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic that they have to join. Therefore, many of them shared their experiences of online learning and their preferencefor offline learning to attend. This study aims to gather information about EFL students’ learning preferences, either online or offline. Besides, it is also to know how EFL students see the differences between online and offline learning. A semi-structured interview focused on EFL students’ experiences and perceptions of online and offline learning. EFL students were asked to report and explain their choice. To gather the data, the interview was also recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to interpret the data. The results show that EFL students prefer offline learning to online learning. From the psychological aspect, EFL students feel more comfortable, easily focus on the materials taught by the teacher, confirm what they do not understand to the teacher directly, and actively participate in the classroom through learning activities designed by the teacher. Meanwhile, from the social aspect, offline learning enables students to communicate and interact intensively with others. The interaction built between teacher-student and student-student in the physical class is more optimal than online learning. The relationship between teacher and student can be shaped by having eye contact and being in touch during class. At the same time, the relationship between student and student can be built by knowing each other better and physically interacting with the others through some conversation they have. Besides, by attending the class, they would have a learning experience that helps them explore their learning ability and enhance their performance. Students, at this point, need not think about the internet connection, which invariably becomes a big issue in online learning. Internet networking cannot be neglected since it influences the success of online learning, particularly for students who live in a village with a poor internet connection. Through offline learning, student-teacher-peer interactions are also better than online learning. The awareness of giving simultaneous responses and the responsibility to participate actively in the classroom influences their learning performance. Keywords: EFL students · interaction · offline learning · online learning

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Jabatan Fungsional > Siti Aimah
Depositing User: perpus unimus
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2023 03:31
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 06:38

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