ESL teachers’ perceptions and practices of code-switching in a Malaysian Chinese independent secondary school

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Yeevon Wong David Yoong

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Code-switching (CS) is one of the communicative strategies used in defining and structuring social relationships of speakers. In this study, we demonstrate how teachers perceive and employ CS in a Malaysian Chinese Independent School (MCIS) English classrooms to achieve communicative intents and to create a sense of belonging among students. Ethnography recording of classroom discourse and semi-structured interviews with seven English teachers were employed. The analysis reveals a noteworthy commitment that CS does not only act as a pedagogical tool but also as a means of facilitating interpersonal communication in class.


 

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WONG, Yeevon; YOONG, David. ESL teachers’ perceptions and practices of code-switching in a Malaysian Chinese independent secondary school. Journal of Modern Languages, [S.l.], v. 29, p. 45-66, dec. 2019. ISSN 2462-1986. Available at: <https://jml.um.edu.my/article/view/17919>. Date accessed: 25 feb. 2020.
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