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IJIET 2023 Vol.13(3): 577-586
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2023.13.3.1841

Challenges with Online Teaching and Learning of English Vocabulary

Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh*, Mohammad Alaghawat, and Afakh Younes

Abstract—This article aims to examine the challenges facing secondary school teachers and students in English vocabulary online classes in Amman, Jordan. It also aims to propose the most effective ways to overcome the encountered challenges. To this end, qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirty teachers and twenty students to understand their experiences related to the online learningteaching process. Based on these interviews, several challenges that might obstruct this process were identified, with some of the challenges reported by teachers being similar to those reported by students. Teaching and learning challenges included poor class management, poor Internet connection, and large class sizes. Moreover, the findings of this study highlighted that one of the most important challenges that teachers encountered in teaching English vocabulary online was the impossibility of using realia. The study concludes with some solutions from both teachers and students to overcome these difficulties, such as using more advanced online platforms, e.g., Google Meet, World Word, and Microsoft Teams, as well as splitting students into small online rooms, and using games/plays.

Index Terms—Online learning, English vocabulary, secondary school students, qualitative approach, semistructured interviews

Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh and Afakh Younes are with the English Language and Literature Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Mohammad Alaghawat is with the European Languages Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
*Correspondence: a.altakhaineh@ju.edu.jo (A.R.M.A.)


Cite: Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh*, Mohammad Alaghawat, and Afakh Younes, "Challenges with Online Teaching and Learning of English Vocabulary," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 577-586, 2023.

Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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