Own-language Use in ELT

Hall, Graham (2018) Own-language Use in ELT. In: The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781118784235

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Although overlooked or ignored in the professional literature of English language teaching (ELT) for much of the twentieth century, own-language use has recently re-emerged as a focus of research and practice. After defining key terms and concepts, including the ‘monolingual assumption’ that has underpinned much English-only teaching in ELT, this entry outlines both the reasons for its initial ‘disappearance’ from methodological debate and the recent resurgence of interest in its potential to support English language teaching and learning. Following a summary of commonly-presented arguments against own-language use, a range of perspectives in support of drawing on the learners’ own language in class are reviewed. Subsequently, a range of own-language use classroom functions and practices are discussed, whilst the continued variation in what teachers around the world actually believe and do regarding own-language use is highlighted.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 12:09
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 10:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33093

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