HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 30 no. 1 (2009)

Codeswitching in the classroom: A clash of two languages (published in previous issue)

Lourdes S. Abad

Discipline: Education, Languages



This paper explores how codeswitching affects the students’ comprehension of difficult texts. The paper examined how codeswitching functions in class, how students perceive their teachers’ codeswitching and the students’ own codeswitching practices. As code-switching is a shared speech mode of both teachers and students, it does not cause confusion in the students. This mode is not a clash of two languages, but rather a complement of each other.