Debate:L1 in the classroom

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This is a Teflpedia debate page started by a teacher. Debate pages are used for discussing issues in English language teaching. Please be civil. No matter how much you may disagree with another user, please criticize what has been said and not the person saying it.

The use of L1 in the classroom is one of many ongoing debates among language teachers, and indeed, students.


Among the arguments used by those who support use of L1 is that it helps save valuable time, especially when giving explanations, it reduces student stress by lowering the affective filter and generally makes the language learning process more effective and efficient.


Those who disapprove of classroom use of L1 claim that students should be exposed to as much target language as possible at all times, because it reproduces situations in which students have to cope with language beyond their actual linguistic abilities.