Challenges and Opportunities for Teachers in Online ESL Teaching
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The integration of technology into language classrooms is widely believed to enhance language teaching and learning, leading to improved language proficiency levels. Online teaching and learning have further accelerated this trend, offering flexible and accessible educational opportunities. However, the transition from traditional face-to-face teaching to online teaching presents challenges. This research examines the opportunities and challenges faced by ESL teachers in utilizing online language learning technology tools, focusing on public universities in Sindh, Pakistan. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 ESL teachers to gain in-depth insights. Thematic analysis identified key themes. The findings reveal that online teaching offers opportunities for ESL teachers to become specialists in creating high-quality online teaching materials and fostering fearless communication and student engagement. However, challenges related to technological infrastructure, limited resources, and lack of formal support were significant hurdles faced during online teaching. Addressing these challenges and providing support and training will optimize the integration of online language learning tools, enabling ESL teachers to capitalize on technology-based teaching opportunities.
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