The use of first language in the EFL classroom: A facilitating or debilitating device?

Solhi, Mehdi and Büyükyazı, Münevver (2011) The use of first language in the EFL classroom: A facilitating or debilitating device? In: 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’11), 5-7 May 2011, Sarajevo.

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Abstract

Despite widespread use of only English in teaching EFL classes, the use of first language in EFL class has been a perennial topic of discussion in the field of language education. Most established L2 teaching methods discourage the use of L1 in class. However, some scholars oppose ―English Only‖ trend in language classes (Auerbach, 1993; and Kumaravadivelu, 2003). In a setting where the students share a common L1, first language can create a less threatening atmosphere. In this article, the non native speaker teachers‘ attitudes toward the use of the first language of the learners in the classroom were asked through a questionnaire. Further, an attempt was made to investigate whether non native speaker English teachers notice the use of the first language as a facilitating or a debilitating factor. This article argues that first language is one of the useful resources that students bring to the L2 classroom and can be used in a judicious fashion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: First language, English only trend, facilitating device and judicious fashion
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Users 3 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2012 11:40
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 12:39
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/125

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