Code- Switching among Teachers of English Language Service Courses at PAUC: Types and Functions
Keywords:Code switching, inter-sentential, service courses, language functions
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-Â Â Â Â Â Â To what extent do teachers switch codes in TEFL classrooms while teaching English service courses?
2-Â Â Â Â Â Â What are the main types of code-switching observed in the TEFL classes?
3-Â Â Â Â Â Â What language functions do the code-switches serve?
4-Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â 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.
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