Using L1 in Teaching English to Advanced Students

Khalid Al Hariri

Abstract


Using L1 in the English classroom has long been considered as an unforgivable wrongdoing. Many English teachers who use L1 in the classroom feel guilty about it and in many cases do not admit it. Recent researchers started to question the validity of this claim suggesting contexts and situations in which using L1 can be very helpful in ELT and refuting, on the other hand, the claims upon which the idea of using L2 solely were built.  My paper will examine the attitudes of advanced English language learners toward using L1 in the class of English where the students and the teacher speak the same first language and will also examine the attitudes of a group of EFL and ESL teachers toward the same practice. The same questionnaire given to the students will be redesigned and given to a number of teachers so that the study will look at the viewpoints from both perspectives.

 


Keywords


L1, Code Switching, Interference of L1, ELT, TESOL

Full Text:

PDF

References


Bussmann, H. (1998). Routledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics. London: Routledge.

Canagraian, A. S. (1999). Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cook, G. (2014). Reassessing Translation and Own Language Use. Webinar: Cambridge English Teacher.

Ford, K. (2009). Principles and practices of L1/L2 use in the Japanese university EFL classroom. JALT journal, 31(1), 63-80. Retrieved March 6, 2015 from http://www.jalt-publications.org/archive/jj/2009a/art3.pdf

Harris, R. (2014). L1 in the Language Classroom. Webinar: Cambridge English Teacher.

Jingxia, L. (2010). Teachers’ code-switching to the L1 in EFL classroom. The Open Applied Linguistics Journal, 3, 10-23. Retrieved March 1, 2015 from http://zanjansadra.ir/attaches/22906.pdf

Meyer, H. (2008). The Role of L1 in L2 Acquisition. Novitas-ROYAL, 2(2), 138-153.

Nation, P. (2003). The Role of the First Language in Foreign Language Learning. Asian EFL Journal 5(2), 1-8. Retrieved March 3, 2015 from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/2003-Role-of-L1-Asian-EFL.pdf

Pan, Y., and Pan, Y. (2010). The Use of L1 in the Foreign Language Classroom. Colomb. Appl. Linguist. J, 12(2), 87-96. Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/calj/v12n2/v12n2a07

Phillipson, R. (1992). Linguistic Imperialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schweers, W. J. (1999). Using L1 in the L2 classroom. English Teaching Forum, 37(2), 6–13

Tugrul Mart, C. (2013). The Facilitating Role of L1 in ESL Classes. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 3 (1), 9-14. Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.hrmars.com/admin/pics/1400.pdf




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.4n.6p.220

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

2012-2021 (CC-BY) Australian International Academic Centre PTY.LTD

International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the journal emails into your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.