A Research on the Role of the Mother Tongue in the Intensive English Class



The present study explores the extensive employment of the mother tongue in the intensive English classes. Analyses indicates that far from being a detriment to the language learning and teaching in classes, appropriate use of mother tongue is affirmed by both teachers and students, whose response toward the investigation resemble each other.

Key words: Mother tongue; Intensive English class; English teaching


Mother tongue; Intensive English class; English teaching

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.hess.1927024020120303.ZR3ZL


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