HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 25 no. 1 (2005)

Code-Switching in the Classroom: A Clash of Two Languages

Lourdes S. Abad

Discipline: Languages



This classroom interaction analysis reports that allowing learners to be taught the content in the various subject areas, except in the language arts courses, using the first language and English as the second language enables the students to understand difficult or complicated concepts which are not usually comprehensible in English. As code-switching is a shared speech mode of both the teachers and the students, this paper explains that code-switching by the teachers does not cause confusion in the students’ understanding of difficult concepts. This mode is not a clash of two languages but a complement of each other.

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