IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(4): 174-177 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.4.90

Analysis on Utilizing L1 in ESL Speaking Class for College ESL Learners

Siqi Song
Abstract—The use of learners’ native language (L1) in the ESL classroom has been an unfailing topic for arguments over time. Motivated by studies and notions that L1 facilitates and promotes L2 learning, this paper examines utilizing L1 in learning activities of an English speaking class in a university in China. The paper touches upon issues about using L1 from the perspective of both teachers and students, and relates L1 with students’ identity and teachers’ teaching efficiency. It concludes that L1 plays a positive role in the case of this lower proficiency English speaking class, as it leads to active class participation via identity construction, and improves teaching efficiency through instructional languages.

Index Terms—Using L1, identity construction, instructional language.

Siqi Song is with the Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China (e-mail: qiqisally_7@hotmail.com).

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Cite:Siqi Song, "Analysis on Utilizing L1 in ESL Speaking Class for College ESL Learners," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 174-177, 2016.

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