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20201016T1455 20201016T1525 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh Overseas students' difficulties with their online learning at Vietnam National University Hanoi, International School during Covid-19 epidemic

Online learning has seen impressive growth during the past decade with the widespread coverage of Internet. Although this is a new trend in the teaching and learning context of Vietnam, online language courses have affirmed their role and value in Vietnamese classrooms during the Covid-19 epidemic. With proactive and flexible approach, online learning has proved to be effective in the early stage, not only in managing students during social distancing but also ensuring continuing learning despite school closure. While the positives for online learning are clear, what is not clear is the potential negatives for those first-year students studying abroad in Vietnam who have to struggle with their adaptation battle to both differentclassroom culture and new learning method. Through a survey questionnairewith 13 overseasstudents from 10 countries enrolling in full-time courses at Vietnam National University Hanoi, International School (VNU-IS), this paper discusses their difficulties when switching to this new learning mode.It is concluded that the short time in Vietnam and the first time exposure to online learning make it a big challenge for those overseas freshmen. In fact, network instability, demotivation and miscommunication are the three most common issues that theyface.However, the findings reveal that most students show their satisfaction with their online learning at VNU-IS.This paper also gathers overseas students' recommendation on what VNUIS board of leaders, lecturers and students themselves coulddo to improve online learning quality. Key words: Online learning, first-year overseas students, overseas freshmen, international students, VNU-IS, difficulties

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Online learning has seen impressive growth during the past decade with the widespread coverage of Internet. Although this is a new trend in the teaching and learning context of Vietnam, online language courses have affirmed their role and value in Vietnamese classrooms during the Covid-19 epidemic. With proactive and flexible approach, online learning has proved to be effective in the early stage, not only in managing students during social distancing but also ensuring continuing learning despite school closure. While the positives for online learning are clear, what is not clear is the potential negatives for those first-year students studying abroad in Vietnam who have to struggle with their adaptation battle to both differentclassroom culture and new learning method. Through a survey questionnairewith 13 overseasstudents from 10 countries enrolling in full-time courses at Vietnam National University Hanoi, International School (VNU-IS), this paper discusses their difficulties when switching to this new learning mode.It is concluded that the short time in Vietnam and the first time exposure to online learning make it a big challenge for those overseas freshmen. In fact, network instability, demotivation and miscommunication are the three most common issues that theyface.However, the findings reveal that most students show their satisfaction with their online learning at VNU-IS.This paper also gathers overseas students' recommendation on what VNUIS board of leaders, lecturers and students themselves coulddo to improve online learning quality. Key words: Online learning, first-year overseas students, overseas freshmen, international students, VNU-IS, difficulties

Lecturer
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Vietnam National University Hanoi, International School
Chief Lecturer
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Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Adminnistration
University of Foreignlanguage Language Studies, The University of Da Nang
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University of Foreign Language Studies, The University of Da Nang
Mrs. Souksavanh PHOMMANISONE
English teacher
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Souphanouvong​ University
Regional English Language Officer
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U.S. Department of State
Teacher
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School
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