Unplanned Transition to EFL Online Learning: An Analysis of Students’ Perceptions in a Vietnamese University





online learning, students’ perceptions, COVID-19


This research intends to investigate their perspectives on the abrupt transition to online learning at Electric Power University in Vietnam. The research questions were answered using a mixed-methods technique. After 9 weeks of online-only instruction, 87 university students were sent a 25-item questionnaire utilizing the Monkey survey program. A random follow-up interview was done with ten students who consented to participate in the interview in order to acquire insight into the specific concerns. The majority of students preferred face-to-face classrooms over online learning, and the majority had no intention of studying online in the future. During the time of 'forced' online learning, however, the majority of students thought their teachers were eager to offer them support and valuable feedback. The results have significant ramifications for instructors and teachers in relation to online learning and teaching in comparable contexts.

Author Biographies

Nguyen Thi Thang, Foreign Language Faculty, Electric Power University, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Thang was born in 1979 in Hanoi, and graduated from The College of Foreign Languages- National University in 2002. She got the M.A degree majoring in English Teaching Methodology from University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University (ULIS VNU) in 2006. The author is now working as an EFL lecturer at the Foreign Language Faculty, Electric Power University. She has also been doing the Ph.D course at ULIS VNU since 2020. Her main fields of research include applied linguistics, English teaching methodologies, and online learning engagement. Email: thangnt@epu.edu.vn, Mobile phone: +84904902769

Pham Thi Thanh Thuy, Faculty of English Language Teacher Education, University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Pham Thi Thanh Thuy has been working as a teacher educator at Faculty of English Language Teacher Education, University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (ULIS, VNU) since 1989. She holds a Master Degree of Education granted by Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training in 2001. She is a master trainer in a range of teacher training projects conducted by VNU, the National Foreign Languages Project – Ministry of Education and Training, and the British Council.  Her recent research interests include Creative Writing, English Teaching Methodology, TEYLs and Cultural Studies. Contact: phamthithanhthuy67@ulis.vnu.edu.vn or phamthithanhthuy67@yahoo.com


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How to Cite

Nguyen, T. T., & Pham, T. T. T. (2022). Unplanned Transition to EFL Online Learning: An Analysis of Students’ Perceptions in a Vietnamese University. Proceedings of the AsiaCALL International Conference, 1, 79–94. https://doi.org/10.54855/paic.2215

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