Code- Switching among Teachers of English Language Service Courses at PAUC: Types and Functions

Mahmoud Itmeizeh, Salem Saleh Ibnian, Malak Sha'fout


The current study aimed at investigating the most common types and functions of code- switching that teachers use in foreign language classes at Palestine Ahliya University College (PAUC). The study addressed the following questions:

1-       To what extent do teachers switch codes in TEFL classrooms while teaching English service courses?

2-       What are the main types of code-switching observed in the TEFL classes?

3-       What language functions do the code-switches serve?

4-       What language categories are identified for the code- switches used by TEFL teachers?

The study explored the issue by using classroom observation among all part- time instructors of English service course (remedial, English skills 1 & English skills 2) at PAUC.  Results of the study showed that teachers tend to switch when explaining grammatical rules and they also switch to present new concepts and encourage students to participate in classroom activities.


Code switching, inter-sentential, service courses, language functions

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