- For Teachers
Whether it is better to use the students' first language (L1) in class or have an English-only policy is something that has been much debated and that has seen many changes of fashion over the years. It seems, therefore, that the only sensible reaction an individual teacher can take to this controversial subject is to neither accept nor reject the use of L1, but simply to search for an ideal level of its use in each individual class- maybe changing its use as the class progresses in level or changes in other ways. Here are some tips to help you spot if you have found your own perfect level of L1 use in your classes and how to adjust the level if you haven't reached that point yet.
Possible signs that there is too much L1 in your classroom
Possible signs that you could usefully have more L1 in your classroom
Other signs that you might not have the balance of L1 use in class right
Ways of making sure you use the right amount of L1 in class
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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com