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Title: USING L1 IN THE EFL CLASSROOM: THE CASE OF THE OROMO LANGUAGE WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ADAMA TEACHERS COLLEGE
Authors: BERESSA, KENENISA
Advisors: Dr. Tamene Kitila
Keywords: Native language (L1)
Target language (L2)
Translation
Limited L1 use
L1's supportive and facilitating role
Interference
Copyright: 2003
Date Added: 21-Apr-2008
Abstract: The principal intent of this research was to investigate classroom use of L1, in this case the Oromo language, in the English classroom at Adama Teachers College. To this end, a descriptive research method was employed. Fifty first year regular diploma students majoring in English and five instructors participated in the study. Pertinent data were elicited through questionnaires and interview. Moreover, classroom teachers' and pupils' talk were audio taped. While most of the data gathered through the questionnaires and tape recording lessons were analyzed with the aid of frequency and percentage, those collected through interview and the openended items of the questionnaires were sorted out and summarized. The study indicated that both teachers and students have positive attitude towards the use of Oromo language at a college level. It also showed that certain amount of Oromo language has been used in the EFL classroom: 1.28% of Oromo language, which accounts for about 1.25% of the class time. However, the time devoted to the Oromo language was found to be less than what was deemed acceptable by the teachers and the students (i.e. 6-10 % of the class time) suggesting that there was a gap between teachers' perception and their classroom practice. ix Even if the gap existed, even that small amount of Oromo language used could imply that it has played a supportive and facilitating role in the English classroom though the effect of L1 on L2 learning needs further studies. What is more, the amount of Oromo language that was evident in the classroom, together with the positive attitude of teachers and students towards its use suggests that certain amount of Oromo language ought to be used in the English classroom.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN TEFL
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/671
Appears in:Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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