Online education at Saigon University during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey on non-English major college students’ attitudes towards learning English




Online education, non-English major college students, attitudes, learning management systems, higher education, Saigon University


The outbreak of Covid-19 has forced educational institutions to initiate online teaching to maintain the process of student learning at all levels. This paper focuses on online education at Saigon University, during which the local government has been mandating social distancing in most of the regions. This paper aims to investigate the students' attitudes towards using online learning tools, which are comprised of learning management systems (Moodle and digital support for core materials) via virtual classrooms (Google meet). A survey questionnaire was designed to evaluate attitudes towards using the above online teaching and learning package from 222 non-English major undergraduates who took part in General English courses at Saigon University in July 2021. The results indicate that a majority of students show favorable attitudes towards online education; in the meantime, health and social issues also concern their learning process. Some recommendations are also offered for improving the efficiency of the online education process at Saigon University. Since the study focused on non-English major college students, it is hoped to have particular relevance to other institutions of higher education.

Author Biographies

Tran The Phi, Sai Gon University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dr. Tran The Phi is the Dean of Foreign Languages Faculty, Saigon University, Vietnam. He has been teaching English linguistics, Teaching Methodology, Reading and writing skills, Research writing skill for 20 years. His research interests include English teaching methodology and Cognitive Linguistics, especially Cognitive Semantics.

Nguyen Trinh To Anh, Sai Gon University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nguyen Trinh To Anh has been an EFL instructor at Sai Gon University, Vietnam since 2015. She is currently in charge of teaching English for General Purpose as well as English for Specific Purposes namely accounting, banking and business management. Her research interests include teaching methodology for ESP and blended learning. 


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How to Cite

Tran, T. P., & Nguyen, T. T. A. (2022). Online education at Saigon University during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey on non-English major college students’ attitudes towards learning English . AsiaCALL Online Journal, 13(2), 1-20.