Synchronous Learning in Speaking Class: English as a Foreign Language Learners’ Voices


  • Tusino Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo
  • Haidarrafiyan Perdanakusuma Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo
  • Puspa Dewi Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo
  • Wahju Tjahjo Saputro Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo



synchronous learning, speaking class, EFL learners' voices


This qualitative case study aimed to investigate EFL learners’ perceptions of synchronous learning in EFL speaking classes. Although numerous studies have been on synchronous learning, only a few pieces of literature focused on learners’ perceptions in English as a foreign language (EFL) settings. This research was conducted in a speaking course at a private university in Indonesia. Seven undergraduate learners majoring in English education program participated in this research. This research employed semi-structured interviews to gain participants’ views on their attitudes and benefits during distance education. Thematic analysis was employed to analyze learners’ perspectives and answer the research questions. The research’s findings reveal that learners are satisfied with synchronous applications. Synchronous learning improves learners’ motivation and develops confidence in class. However, EFL learners experience language learning boredom while they are joining a synchronous mode of learning. The perceived benefits of synchronous learning cover free learning resources, flexibility, accessibility, and task completion. The findings highlight that synchronous language learning can be an alternative for teaching speaking skills. English teachers need to implement a well-planned and well-executed synchronous learning strategy in teaching EFL speaking.


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Author Biographies

Tusino, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo

Tusino is a doctor of English education at English Education Deparment, Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo (UMP), Indonesia. UMP is located at Jalan K. H. Ahmad Dahlan 3 Purworejo, Indonesia. He has been teaching speaking courses for more than ten years. His research interests are English language teaching and technology-enhanced language learning. His email is 

Haidarrafiyan Perdanakusuma, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo

Haidarrafiyan Perdanakusuma is an undergraduate student of English education at English Education Deparment, Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo (UMP), Indonesia. His research cover speaking skills and online learning. His email is 

Puspa Dewi, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo

Tusino is a senior lecturer of English education at English Education Deparment, Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo (UMP), Indonesia. Her research interests focus on SLA and teaching English for young learners. Her email is 

Wahju Tjahjo Saputro, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo

Wahju Tjahjo Saputro is a senior lecturer of English education at English Education Deparment, Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purworejo (UMP), Indonesia. His research interests are CALL and technology-based learning. His email is 


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