I have finally decided to take the plunge and in February I will be presenting for the first time ever. As I am nervous about how my first session will go, I am overpreparing everything and basically making myself even more nervous in the process!
Joking aside, I’ve chosen a rather divisive topic for my first presentation, calling it ‘Exploiting L1 in the Young Learner Classroom’. Most of the training we receive in preparing to become English language teachers considers the use of the students’ native language in the classroom rather taboo. For various reasons we are obliged encouraged to use only the target language.
As I am researching this topic and getting my session ready, I wanted to hear from other teachers and trainers what their opinion and their experiences were regarding using L1 when teaching Young Learners.
- Do you occasionally use the students’ native language in the classroom?
- Under which circumstances and why?
- Do you feel guilty about using L1? Why or why not?
Please share with me your thoughts and help me expand the way I approach this session. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.