L1 Use in the EFL-classroom: A Literature Review on Teachers’ Use of the L1 in the EFL-classroom on Upper Secondary Level
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Even though English should mainly be used in the EFL-classroom according to the Swedish national curriculum, some recent scholars have argued that a judicious use of the students’ L1 by the teachers in some particular situations may benefit the learning environment there. From this context, this thesis examines what research says about in what particular situations the L1 is used by teachers in upper secondary EFL-classrooms as well as the teachers’ and the students’ attitudes towards this practice. The method used was a systematic literature review, where seven articles from all across the globe were analyzed, compared and synthesized. The results show that the L1 was mainly used by the teachers when managing discipline, when explaining grammar and when teaching vocabulary. However, the articles did not conclude how the L1 could be used strategically by the teachers. Concerning the teachers’ and students’ attitudes, the majority of these were positive towards L1 use by the teacher in the above mentioned situations. However, the teachers were not aware of how the L1 could be used by them in a judicious and a strategic way. Lastly, it can be concluded that more research is needed on how the L1 can be used more strategically by the teachers as well as on the students’ perspective on this.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Upper secondary school, EFL-classroom, L1 use, Translanguaging, Code choice, Code-switching, teachers’ and students’ attitudes.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-21121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21121DiVA: diva2:905971