Transforming primary school students’ English as a Foreign Language Learning (EFL) with augmented reality (AR)


For teachers, the COVID-19 Pandemic has become a great challenge, for which there is no preconfigured playbook that can guide appropriate responses. The crisis has, among other things, demonstrated the complexity of keeping young primary school students attentive to the online explanations of teachers, which is one of the main problems that teachers have encountered in their improvised online classes, as maintaining attention and motivation can be even more challenging when using new methodologies for blended, and distance learning, as the COVID19 breakout dictates.

Additionally, when it comes to second language teaching the obstacles might be even greater, as language acquisition in all its contexts, and especially in second language acquisition, is a complex process that can only become effective if the appropriate methods for total immersion of students in the natural language environment are created. The learning process that we typically find in the classroom, either that is based on traditional translation-based methods or more interactive everyday dialogues and material, still cannot be compared to the real experience that the students can have nowadays with the use of technology.