Metaphorical Descriptions of Teaching and Learning of English during Pandemic

Authors : Dr. Arlene Barredo-Carmen

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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The present study aimed to examine what multilingual English learners and teachers were like during the Covid-19 Pandemic based on the English language teachers. Specifically, it attempts to show what metaphors multilingual English language teachers identify to describe their learners and themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic; and what these metaphors disclose about the English language teachers' sense of teaching while handling their learners. A prompt, "English learners are like" and "teachers are like ..." that formed as written narratives of the respondents, was utilized to collect the data. The data were qualitatively analyzed using the in vivo coding, using the respondents' words. These words were listed and categorized using the themes. Findings indicate that multilingual English teachers identify various metaphors to describe their learners. These metaphors describe struggles in their English learning process, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, and multilingual English teachers should serve as a provision to ease these struggles experienced by the learners. Furthermore, metaphors disclose that multilingual English teachers are shifting from seeing their learners' needs to survive and become successful in their English language learning to seeing themselves as the need to act as helping hands for their learners. Implications for teacher education indicate that greater emphasis still needs to be exerted on exploring language learning and teaching for multilingual learners.

Keywords : English Learning and Teaching, Metaphor, Covid-19 Pandemic, Multilingual, Masbateño


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