Article Discussion: 'Own-language use in language teaching and learning’
Date: 18 - 29 March 2013
Article: 'Own-language use in language teaching and learning', by Graham Hall and Guy Cook.
Guest moderator: Graham Hall, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Location: ReSIG YahooGroup
Download article here
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How to participate:
- Join our YahooGroup at the link above. if you're not a member yet.
- Download the article at the link above.
- Read the article.
- To help you get ready for the discussion, here are some possible questions, suggested by Graham, apart from ones you might have of your own:
1. In the article we use the terminology ‘own-language use’ rather than e.g.’ L1 use’ or ‘mother tongue us’e – does worrying about terminology this much matter? Is it appropriate/useful to talk about 'own' and 'new' (instead of e.g. 'foreign' or 'second' language)?
2. To what extent has there been a ‘gap’ between ‘the literature’ and ‘classrooms’ over the last 100 or more years when it comes to own-language use?
3. To what extent do you accept/allow own-language use in your own teaching – by yourself as a teacher or by your students? To what extent does own-language use occur in your institution and context more generally and what are your attitudes towards it?
4. The article discusses ‘teacher guilt’ towards own-language use. Why do/might teachers feel guilty about the issue? Is it something to feel guilty about?
5. To what extent do you agree with the reasons and rationale for own-language use outlined in the article? To what extent do these reasons ‘ring true’ in your experience?
6. The article mentions the search for ‘optimal’ own-language use? Can we ever work out what this might be?
7. To what extent is our discussion here / the discussion in the article only relevant to ‘non-NESTs’; are these discussions relevant to NESTs and to multilingual classes?
8. Is there a place for more discussion of own-language use in teacher training and education programmes (pre- and in-service)? What ‘input’ have you experienced about the issues in your own training? How has this related to your own professional life?
9. What kind(s) of research would be valuable for taking things forward in the area of own-language use vs. new-language use in ELT?
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