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ERIC Number: EJ863021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Codeswitching in the Primary EFL Classroom in China--Two Case Studies
Qian, Xiaofang; Tian, Guisen; Wang, Qiang
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v37 n4 p719-730 Dec 2009
This paper presents the results of a small-scale study of codeswitching (CS) between Chinese and English in primary English classrooms with a view to informing classroom interaction with young learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It analyzes CS of two teachers participating in the Primary English Curriculum Innovation (PECI) project in Beijing, which adopts a holistic approach to innovation and implementation of curriculum. The data consist of 20 videoed lessons, covering lessons from grade 1 to grade 4. The findings comprise syntactical identification of the switches and the pedagogical and social functions that these switches serve. The conclusions are: (1) CS is a discourse strategy that teachers use for promoting classroom interaction and ensuring efficient classroom management. (2) A suitable quantity of CS use helps cultivate and reinforce good habits of learning and foster a close student-teacher relationship. (3) Teachers have the ability to instruct in the target language; only when occasions call for efficient instruction do they turn to L1. (4) The decrease of CS over the years proves the efficiency of a holistic approach to curriculum innovations in the fulfillment of education objectives at the time of curriculum change. (Contains 1 chart and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)