Emma Maerz

    Given that students should use English as much as possible, should students be allowed to speak in their L1 in class? If so, in which cases? If not, why not?

    As Ella mentions, it is unavoidable to proscribe the use of students’ L1 in the classroom.  Students at lower levels will need to find the connection between the L1 and L2 to properly learn the language and understand meaning. If a student needs to use their L1 to speak with a fellow learner to check that they understand any instructions given, then  I believe it would be detrimental to a students motivation and to the completion of a task to disallow this.  As students level increases, this will naturally become less necessary.