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ERIC Number: ED389204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
English Only? Community College Teacher Perceptions of L1 Use.
A survey investigated the attitudes of one community college's English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers concerning the use of native language in the classroom, particularly by the teacher. Twenty-one ESL teachers, both part- and full-time, responded. Most were Hispanic, many were bilingual, and they represented a range of experience and training. A majority believed all ESL teachers at the college should know some Spanish for classroom use. Only 10 percent had a rule of English use only in the classroom, but many reported that their students use English over 90 percent of the time. Some expressed frustration over students' apparent unwillingness to persist in English, particularly during group work. Others found limited first-language talk acceptable if related to the work at hand. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Imperial Valley College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).