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L1 in ELT: Friend or foe?
March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
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The use of L1, also known as the learner’s own language, has long been a topic of debate in ELT. At times it was central to the process of teaching and learning English (grammar-translation) and at others reviled with English-only policies becoming central to language teaching practices (the Direct Method). We are now at the point where principled L1 use has become more mainstream, in part reflecting changes in language policy but also in response to greater methodological freedom (for some) as principled eclecticism becomes an accepted position for classroom practitioners. However, many teachers remain uncertain about L1 use and in some cases are constrained by academic managers or national language teaching policy. This masterclass briefly overviews some of the key moments in the use of L1 in EFL before presenting a rationale, supported by examples of practical classroom activities, for the judicious use of L1 in our ELT classrooms for the benefit of our learners and language learning generally. Presented by Neil Harris – Teacher Trainer & Director of Marketing@CELT Language School.
Part of the ELT masterclass series included with PRO Membership.
- Two-part workshops presented by the best experts in the field
- The first part is aimed at in-depth knowledge delivery
- The second part is discussions and reflections