COVID-19 THROUGH THE LENSES OF TURKISH STUDENT TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

Oya Tunaboylu, Sevim Inal

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This article aimed at unearthing the opinions of teacher candidates of English on Covid-19 and how it has affected their future career plans, current educational endeavours and also investigated how and in what way their English proficiency could be related to the phenomenon. A total of 127 prospective English language teachers enrolled in ELT department at a state university participated in the study. Data were collected through three open-ended questions. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. The findings showed that the current pandemic has led some student teachers to review or postpone some of their educational plans while some were encouraged to learn technology-related new skills. Findings showed that participants somehow have become ‘pandemic-literate’ by following the news from international sources and they have grown sensitivity toward global issues that they feel responsible to integrate these topics into mainstream English courses when they start teaching.

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Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey, student teachers of English language, ELT

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejes.v8i3.3666

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