Challenges and Opportunities of Covid-19 Pandemic - A Case Study on the ELT Practitioners of the Open University of Sri Lanka

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2022-09
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Building Resilience // Covid-19 pandemic and the post pandemic situations have created many challenges and opportunities for the educators and learners across the globe. The tremendous adaptability and resilience shown by the education systems and stakeholders were a testimony to the untapped potential and scope for innovation in education. The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is no exception. Specifically, in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT) in which interaction and creativity are key factors for success, the experiences of the ELT practitioners and teacher trainers during and post pandemic state is worth exploring. As such, this research focuses on the sudden shift of pedagogy and practices in the EAP/ESAP courses of the OUSL from more traditional, face to face interactions to technology aided remote learning and the resultant transformation in the teacher’s role. The study specifically focuses on the challenges faced by the ELT practitioners and how their role was redefined. Data were collected by administering a questionnaire and conducting a semi structured interview for both ELT practitioners (20) and teacher trainers (04). Data were analysed qualitatively. The outcome of the study has indicated the resilience ELT practitioners built up through the pandemic and the positive changes in their role as teachers. // Paper ID 9298

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Resilience,Educational Resilience,Emergency Remote Education,Language Education
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Sri Lanka
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Asia
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