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ERIC Number: EJ949811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
Why Make Them Crawl if They Can Walk? Teaching with Mother Tongue Support
Butzkamm, Wolfgang
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v42 n3 p379-391 Dec 2011
The article addresses the long-standing issue over the role of the mother tongue in the foreign language classroom. In the first part it is argued that the mother tongue lays the cognitive foundations for all subsequent language learning. Double comprehension as the basic requirement for learning to take place is explained. The second part is practical. It focuses on two bilingual techniques, idiomatic translations for the clarification of grammatical functions, and mother tongue mirroring which makes grammatical forms transparent and shows their hidden logic. Examples are from various languages, but are especially drawn from Mandarin since non-related languages best illustrate the need for systematic mother tongue support.
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Language: English
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