LEARNING IN ISOLATION: EXPLORING THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS IN SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IN ENGLISH

The study described the lived experiences of senior high school (SHS) students on self-directed learning in English (SDLE) in a public high school in General Santos City, Philippines. Descriptive Phenomenology was employed. Ten key informants volunteered to share their knowledge, insights, perceptions, and experiences on SDLE during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thematic Analysis revealed that the key informants’ experiences revolved around (a) holistic effects of SDLE, (b) inevitable challenges in learning at home, and (c) perceived advantages of SDLE. The study recommends investigating the roles of family members in the education of their students, the veracity of the contents of the teacher-made modules and instructional materials, the experiences of students in other subjects, and the role of language teachers in the new normal.

Keywords: Lived Experiences, Self-directed Learning, English, Students, COVID-19 Pandemic.

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