The Teachers' Challenges on Teaching English Subject at MTsN 4 Tanah Laut during The Pandemic Era of Covid-19
Abstract. This pandemic has changed several aspects of human life, such as economics, society, politics, and education, throughout the world. At the same time, most of the teaching and learning processes have to be conducted from home because offline interactions between students and teachers are limited. Instead, the teaching and learning processes have to be conducted mostly through online learning. This study tried to investigate the challenges faced by the teacher of MTsN 4 Tanah Laut in teaching English. The subject of this research was one English teacher who was actively teaching online at MTsN 4 Tanah Laut. This study applied a descriptive qualitative method. The data were gathered from observations and interview. The findings showed that there were five challenges faced by the English teacher in teaching English, namely managing all online classes, limited media in teaching speaking skills in online classes, limited media in teaching listening skills in online classes, limited internet access, and learning media, and students who were not active in class. However, the teacher also gave solutions for each challenge mentioned before, namely, the teacher remains active and continued her class, the teacher suggested for the students to change the provider used by the student because the area where students live is known as a place that is difficult to get internet access, and for making students active in the online class, the teacher asks in Indonesian the same question (previously using English) so that students could be brave in answering the teacher's questions. This study is expected to be useful for English teachers to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning English during online learning. Based on the findings, it is suggested to schools to maximize the supporting infrastructure and facilities and arrange an effective teaching schedule so that learning will run well and optimally.