A Case Study of Home-based Teaching and Learning Practice at Ton Duc Thang University


  • Huu Ngoc Nguyen Ton Duc Thang University


home-based teaching and learning, Ton Duc Thang university, Zoom


Online teaching has not been widely applied in education until the severe widespread outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic on a global scale. Like other educational institutions, Ton Duc Thang university promptly switched to online teaching practice for all courses for the sake of teachers’ and students’ safety and health protection. To investigate the implementation of home-based teaching practice at TDTU as well as its advantages and disadvantages, a case study was launched by the university with the participation of three teachers and 76 non-English major students from three English classes at elementary and pre-intermediate level. The study was a qualitative design; observations and interviews were used as research methods. The researcher found that there are generally three main stages in every three-period online lesson: teacher's presentation with Zoom, students' assignment in Google classroom, and teacher’s constructive feedback with Zoom. Teachers and students praised geographical convenience, time flexibility, and a customized learning environment and experienced technical problems. Students found it difficult to motivate themselves to study, had no self-discipline, and interactions were limited. Teachers also had difficulty in class control, and teachers exerted anxiety over technology use. These findings contributed to further research on online teaching practice as well as considerations as to whether face-to-face teaching and learning should be replaced in the long run.

Author Biography

Huu Ngoc Nguyen, Ton Duc Thang University

Nguyen Huu Ngoc graduated from HCMC University of Pedagogy, majoring in Teaching English as a foreign language. He is currently an MA candidate at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities with the same major. Nguyen is working at Ton Duc Thang university as a lecturer of English. Moreover, Nguyen is an English teacher at the VUS. His research interests are pedagogical approaches to teaching English, learner autonomy, and language testing and assessment.




How to Cite

Nguyen, H. N. (2021). A Case Study of Home-based Teaching and Learning Practice at Ton Duc Thang University. AsiaCALL Online Journal, 12(2), 1-11. Retrieved from https://asiacall.info/acoj/index.php/journal/article/view/24