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    impact of using L1 in ESL and EFL

    hi everyone
    this is Mr.Zahrani from saudia arabia . I am still student . I noticed that our teacher use L1 a lot in classrooms because most of them are arabian and
    this lead to more utterances by students in the class .

    do you think this is promote or hinder the learning of new language.?

    thanks


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    Re: impact of using L1 in ESL and EFL

    There are some issues, such as grammar, that may be better explained by referring to L1. On the other hand, the more you expose students to the target language the better they will learn.
    When I need to use L1, I usually use the "sandwich", that is, the word/expression in L2, then L1 and finally L2 again.
    Hope this helps you!

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    Re: impact of using L1 in ESL and EFL

    Quote Originally Posted by naia View Post
    There are some issues, such as grammar, that may be better explained by referring to L1. On the other hand, the more you expose students to the target language the better they will learn.
    When I need to use L1, I usually use the "sandwich", that is, the word/expression in L2, then L1 and finally L2 again.
    Hope this helps you!
    Sorry to butt in guys, I´m just curious. What´s this L1 and L2 you´re talking about?

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    Re: impact of using L1 in ESL and EFL

    L1 can be effective, but if it is used too much, then students may become dependent on it and may not make as much progress as they use it as a safety blanket and don't take risks in L2. If it is still being used in higher levels, then I would worry. It should really be used as little as possible; it should be a tool, but only one of many.

    PS Blouen- L1 = mother tongue, L2 = second language being studied.

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    Re: impact of using L1 in ESL and EFL

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    L1 can be effective, but if it is used too much, then students may become dependent on it and may not make as much progress as they use it as a safety blanket and don't take risks in L2. If it is still being used in higher levels, then I would worry. It should really be used as little as possible; it should be a tool, but only one of many.

    PS Blouen- L1 = mother tongue, L2 = second language being studied.
    Okay, thanks!

    In that case, I think it would be better to use L2 in these classes. For example here in the Philippines, though we are not studying ESL, most teachers use English as medium of instruction. Consequently, students become familiar with the English language though they don´t give much attention to it. And when these students decided to study English further, they don´t find it very difficult to do. In contrast, in some places where teachers use their native language even in teaching English, students find it difficult to speak though they´ve learned the grammar/structure exhaustively.

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