The Language Of English As A Language

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English as a language has been designated as having a global ranking (Crystal 1997), (Northrup 2013), (Mckenzie 2010). A language that is deemed as having a global status is clarified by Crystal (2003, p.3) as ‘one that achieves a genuinely global status when it develops a special role that is recognised in every country’. Due to this prestigious standing that English has attained, it is unsurprising that many are keen to acquire it across the world. This is also supported by Wyse, Andrews and Hoffman (2010, P.398) who state ‘English is much more favoured over the other official languages as a second language’. As many learners are acquiring English in the context of a second or foreign language, the discussion over utilising the learner’s first language in the process remains a contentious subject (Brown, 2000). This assignment will provide an overview of perceptions from differing approaches in regards to the use of the L1 in language education, along with arguments in support and against the same. Background of L1 in language teaching. The precise role that can be played by the learner’s first language (L1) in the process of acquiring a second language has not been explicitly agreed upon. However, the issue of whether to utilise the L1 in the classroom has remained at the forefront in the English language teaching arena. Mattioli (2004, P.21) highlights that ‘most teachers tend to have opinions about native language use, this can depend largely on their training and in
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