A student’s mother tongue is an essential link for learning English effectively
Guest post by Anthony Vaughan
Did you know that students have a mother tongue? It seems like a funny question, yet all too often, students learning English are discouraged from using their native language in the classroom. Is it possible that sweeping it to the periphery of a monolingual class may be wasting a valuable educational tool?
Local teachers’ insight
Teachers in a non-English speaking country are in an enviable training position. Sharing a common tongue with their students, they have a greater insight into the linguistic ‘behind the scenes’ of their students’ minds. Despite this insight, they may be told that the only way to teach English is by maintaining a… read more