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Using L1 - the learners' perspective

A short video with Nik Peachey interviewing the author Philip Kerr about using and knowing learners’ L1.

Teachers often have a good knowledge of their learners’ native language (or L1). Perhaps they share the same L1 or they have learnt it because they work in a different country. However, the question of when teachers should use L1 (or even if they should use it at all) when teaching a foreign language (L2), remains a matter for debate.

Watch Nik Peachey interviewing the author Philip Kerr about using and knowing learners’ L1.

What’s your view? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • As a foreign language learner, do you prefer a teacher who knows and sometimes uses your native language?
  • Do you use your learners’ L1 in your teaching? Why/why not?
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