Remote Teaching amid the Covid-19 Pandemic in Vietnam: Primary School EFL Teachers’ Practices and Perceptions


  • Dau Thi Thanh Luy SEAMEO Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC)


remote teaching, perceptions, challenges, primary school teachers, pandemic


The massive school closures worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in a surge of remote teaching. This study investigated teachers' practices and perceptions on teaching English remotely to primary school students in the school lockdowns in Vietnam. A mixed-methods design was employed to collect data from different primary public schools in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted, and a questionnaire was used to collect data from 50 teachers. The majority of selected participants were those who practiced at least one form of remote teaching activities, either asynchronous or synchronous. The findings show that Zoom, Zalo, and YouTube were the three most popular platforms teachers used. Numerous challenges also emerged, such as more workload, more stress, technical issues, students' lack of learning devices, the requirement for parent's assistance, more interactions, and hands-on activities. Despite the obstacles, the majority of teachers showed their positive attitudes towards remote teaching. They learned new ICT tools and pedagogies and intended to continue using this approach after the pandemic. In order to improve the effectiveness of remote teaching, such suggestions as creativity and flexibility in designing lessons, parents' support, teacher's training, and upgraded ICT infrastructure are recommended.

Author Biography

Dau Thi Thanh Luy , SEAMEO Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC)

Ms. Dau Thi Thanh Luy is working as an academic officer at SEAMEO Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC). Her responsibilities include designing English training curriculum for young learners, tests and extra learning activities. Besides, she has been teaching English for more than ten years. She received an MA degree in Applied Linguistics from Curtin University, Australia in 2014. Her research interest is engaging young learners with educational games and technology.


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Dau, T. T. L. (2021). Remote Teaching amid the Covid-19 Pandemic in Vietnam: Primary School EFL Teachers’ Practices and Perceptions . AsiaCALL Online Journal, 13(1), 1-21. Retrieved from