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Use of L1 and Translation in the EFL Classroom
Use of L1 and Translation in the EFL Classroom

Author(s): Jadwiga Topolska-Pado
Subject(s): Foreign languages learning
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: teaching and learning languages; glottodidactics

Summary/Abstract: Firstly, the aim of the present paper is to explore some of the controversy surrounding the use of the student’s fi rst language (L1) in a monolingual EFL classroom. Secondly, it is to suggest translation activities as a way out of the longstanding disagreement between opponents and proponents of L1. The conflict itself is taking place in academic circles rather than in classrooms, where the use of L1 is still considered unacceptable owing to the predominance of the communicative method in language teaching. Teachers are generally not familiar with relatively new methodological indications of how to use L1 in a manner which would not hinder their students’ learning processes.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 11-25
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English