Code-switching in the English classroom: What teachers do and what their students wish they did
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Code-switching is a phenomenon that exists in bilingual societies where people have the opportunity to use two or more languages to communicate. Being able to speak more than one language, bilinguals can code-switch and use their languages as resources to find better ways to convey meaning. Code-switching occurs in English classrooms in upper secondary school every day. Therefore, the aim for this paper was to investigate when and why teachers in upper secondary school code-switch when teaching L2 English. It has also looked into what language the students preferred in different classroom situations. Five teachers were interviewed and 96 students taking English 5 and 6 responded to a questionnaire. The results showed that the teachers generally tried to code-switch as little as possible but that they did code-switch in some of those situations where the students preferred either a combination of Swedish and English or only Swedish. Two of these situations were grammar instructions, where a majority of the students preferred a combination of English and Swedish, and one-to-one situations, where a majority of the students preferred Swedish. A clear majority of the students (87%) wanted their teacher to make them speak more English.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 23 p.
code-switching, second language learning, upper secondary school, grammar teaching, students’ preferences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31059DiVA: diva2:691914
Subject / course
Kjellén Simes, Marika, Universitetslektor
Granath, Solveig, Professor