NURTURING TEACHER-STUDENTS’ RELATIONSHIP DURING ONLINE TEACHING ENGLISH TO YOUNG LEARNERS
Keywords: Intense relationship, Online TEYL
AbstractThe relationship of teachers and students in the classroom has been addressed in several reports, but there is still a lack of research on online teaching English to young learners in Indonesia context. By investigating how teachers interact with their students during online learning, the practice of teaching-learning Engish, and their perceptions of this, this study tackled this void. In this descriptive case study design, 6 participants were recruited, while the data were obtained from observation and semi-structured interview. The results showed that the teachers used the method of grammar translation to interact with the students and promote cognitive engagement, as well as active engagement. The teachers nevertheless claimed that teaching English online was difficult and challenging, although students admitted that they missed the time to visit their teacher in person. Since the teaching-learning process is a social and individual process, it needs a social context and the intense teacher-student relationship is very critical. Therefore, online interactions with intense relationships will stimulate the encouragement, cognitive growth, and creativity of children.