“Englishing” the L1: Reconsidering the use of the mother tongue EFL classroom

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Moya, M. 2019. “Englishing” the L1: Reconsidering the use of the mother tongue EFL classroom. in: Zoghbor, Wafa, Al Alami, Suhair and Alexiou, Thomaï (ed.) Proceedings of the Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching Conference 2018: Teaching and Learning in a Globalized World Zayed University Press. pp. 160-174
AuthorsMoya, M.
EditorsZoghbor, Wafa, Al Alami, Suhair and Alexiou, Thomaï
Abstract

A standing tradition in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) has emphasized that for effective learning to occur, classroom practices should solely be conducted in the target language. Whilst this view has been prevalent for a long time, a better understanding of the role of the mother tongue have motivated practitioners to re- consider traditional practices in favour of more inclusive and encompassing ones. This short-scale study focuses on mature learners of EFL at an ab-initio level in compulsory education to negotiate basic communication in English. This is what we refer to as ‘englishing’ or the successful use of the previous linguistic knowledge in L1 to solve communicative problems in English through metacognition. Although it is not possible to generalize results, the experience showed that the L1 becomes an effective tool enabling mature learners to transfer expertise between languages, whilst helping them to develop learning autonomy through shared cognition.

KeywordsMother tongue; Language learning strategies; Language behaviours
Book titleProceedings of the Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching Conference 2018: Teaching and Learning in a Globalized World
Page range160-174
Year2019
PublisherZayed University Press
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Print2019
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Deposited13 May 2019
Accepted26 Jan 2019
Accepted26 Jan 2019
EventApplied Linguistics and Language Teaching International Conference and Exhibition
ISBN978-9948388944
Web address (URL)https://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/research/publications/_books_reports/2018/ALLT2018Proceedings.pdf
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