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ERIC Number: EJ845831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Reflections on Native Language Use in Adult ESL Classrooms
Huerta-Macias, Ana; Kephart, Kerrie
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n2 p87-96 Sum 2009
This paper explores the issue of native language (L1) use in adult English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes, re-examining the belief that use of the students' L1 is detrimental to target language learning. We discuss research that (a) documents language use in several adult ESL classes in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and (b) presents survey results regarding L1 use in adult ESL classes. The findings indicate that although L1 use was uncommon in the classes observed, the first language can serve as an important pedagogical tool. (Contains 1 table and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico