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Teacher Talk: The Use of L1 vs. L2 in the Classroom

by Debra Hammons (2019-06-19)


Should teachers speak their learners’ L1 in the English language learning classroom? It’s a hot topic for sure and one that still triggers ongoing debates within ‘for’ and ‘against’ camps all over the world.  But what about the other side of the coin? –what about students speaking their L1 in the L2 classroom, more detailed info analytics for essay at website.

Some would argue that L1 usage in the planning stages of a task is ‘no harm’ and can help students gather their thoughts and formulate translations, as long as students are producing in the L2 or target language afterwards.