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Title: Productive First Language use in the Classroom: Negotiating the Slippery Slope
Authors: Rivers, Damian
McMillan, Brian
Abstract: Since the advent of communicative-style language teaching, codeswitching between the target language (TL) and the students’ first language (L1) has been widely viewed as either counterproductive to the learning process, or as an unfortunate but sometimes necessary recourse. In much of the SLA literature the proponents of TL exclusivity have either discouraged use of the L1, or have simply treated it as a non-issue by omitting any reference to it (Cook, 2001). This workshop will present research literature which promotes the inclusion of the L1 within the L2 classroom as a vital learning tool. We will also challenge the belief that a TL only classroom is possible (even though E-J dictionaries are often permitted and all except the highest level students process information in their native language). If we can’t see Japanese or hear Japanese then why do assume that we are teaching in a TL only classroom.
Research Achievement Classification: アカデミックな活動/Academic Activity
Type: Others
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 共著/joint
Date: 14-Jan-2009
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