Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

Accepted Abstracts

E-Learning vs Traditional Learning – Students’ Recommendations on Enhancing the Online Business English Learning

Nikola Dimeski, Faculty of Economics – Prilep (Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of)


Instructors are frequently confronted with different challenging issues in the classroom; however, the outbreak of COVID-19 brought a different set of obstacles that emerged due to the inevitable online teaching. The Macedonian educational system had to adjust to the new teaching-learning environment, and professors had to quickly find the answer to a crucial question, how to teach online as effectively as face-to-face. This study is part of more extensive research based on students’ perceptions of the E-learning process at the Faculty of Economics – Prilep in the academic year 2020-2021. The paper analyses and discusses the recommendations of forty-five Business English students, which were part of the survey. Although most of the participants in this research prefer traditional learning, they believe that blended learning can stimulate a higher quality educational process and provide suggestions on improving E-learning. Students’ recommendations include conveying minimal information, using simple fonts and avoiding using stylistic elements in the presentations, using mobile apps, and virtual reality with flexible lesson plans. Most recommendations are general and thus not limited to Business English courses only; therefore, instructors can consider implementing them for different courses.

Keywords: e-learning, blended learning, teaching methods, business English.

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