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Volume 20 Number 1, Spring 2023, Pages 1-214   

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EFL Students' Reflections on their Language Learning Shifts: Before, During, and After COVID-19

    Aziza Restu Febrianto & Allvian Ika Fiki Susanto

Many ELT scholars have researched various issues in online language learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, only one study applies a Narrative Inquiry approach in researching students' stories as reflections regarding their learning shifts because of the pandemic. Inspired by John Dewey's (1933, 1986) notion and other scholars about the significance of learners' reflections in education, this study attempts to fill the gap by exploring the in-depth stories as reflections of EFL students from three different Indonesian universities about their learning shift experiences before and during the pandemic and their perceptions about learning trends in the future. Nine students as the participants were asked to share their experiences and viewpoints through an open-ended questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. The collected responses were then analyzed using the techniques and tools from Narrative analysis. The results reveal that most participants proposed Blended Learning (BL) with some required conditions for their effective learning: they loved to be taught with the assistance of online materials and applications but longed for more meaningful interactions in conventional face-to-face classes for the issues experienced in fully online learning. For them, the future BL needs to be managed with some relatively balanced proportions of both online and offline classes.

Keywords: COVID-19, EFL students, learning shifts, reflections