Advocating for the Adoption of the Blended Learning Approach for Efficient English Language Lesson Delivery in Schools amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
AbstractThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption in the education sector of the world; principally in the regular teaching-learning transactions, thereby necessitating for the adoption of the blended learning approach in schools. Blended learning has the potential of fostering students learning outcomes as well as teachers’ effectiveness in teaching. The paper explored the import and applicability of the blended learning approach in English language teaching and learning. The elements, models, advantages and disadvantages, factors affecting teachers’ adoption and inherent challenge of the approach, were discussed. It was thus suggested that: schools (the upper basic, secondary and tertiary) adopt or adapt the blended learning approach in their teaching and learning processes; teachers and students at these levels, be professionally trained or retrained on the technicalities of the blended learning approach; schools be equipped with information and communication technology devices as well as the provision of appropriate learning environments and increased funding for the education sector; as these are prerequisites through which the blended learning approach can foster.Key words: Blended Learning, COVID-19 Pandemic, English Language, Teaching and Learning, Schools
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