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ERIC Number: EJ1047790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
Code-Mixing as a Bilingual Instructional Strategy
Jiang, Yih-Lin Belinda; García, Georgia Earnest; Willis, Arlette Ingram
Bilingual Research Journal, v37 n3 p311-326 2014
This study investigated code-mixing practices, specifically the use of L2 (English) in an L1 (Chinese) class in a U.S. bilingual program. Our findings indicate that the code-mixing practices made and prompted by the teacher served five pedagogical functions: (a) to enhance students' bilingualism and bilingual learning, (b) to review and consolidate content taught in the ESL and all-English classes, (c) to facilitate cross-linguistic transfer, (d) to increase understanding of home and U.S. cultures, and (e) to foster an understanding of cross-cultural differences. In particular, these functions encompass lexical, cross-cultural, and cross-linguistic dimensions. Findings suggest that strategic use of code-mixing of bilinguals' L1 and L2 in instruction may enhance students' bilingual development and maximize their learning efficacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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