English Teaching in China

A peer-reviewed journal for teaching professionals

Reimer, K. (2012) To Use or Not to Use L1: That is the Question. English Teaching in China, 1, 7 - 12.

Reimer, 2012 (PDF)

A significant topic of discussion in the ESL field today is the use of students’ native language in the English language classroom. Much debate exists over when and how students’ L1 should be used in the L2 classroom. Based on this topic, a survey was distributed to 109 students and 28 teachers at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University to discover their perceptions on the use of Chinese in the English language classroom. Results revealed that most students and teachers tend to support using English as much as possible in class; however, students seem to perceive the use of Chinese to be more beneficial for certain types of courses and learning than teachers.