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Volume 3 - Issue 1 - June 2019

Latest issue of Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics


TITLE: Compromising the impossibility of abolishing L1 from EFL teaching

Author: Marina Siskos

Mailing address: 6 Aristotelous, 42100, Trikala


Published online: 24 July 2019, pp. 88-96



Siskos, M. (2019) Compromising the impossibility of abolishing L1 from EFL teaching, Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics, 3(1), ALS House Publications. Athens, Greece, pp. 88-96.


The first purpose of the paper is to discover the applicability of disposing translation from EFL/ ESL education. Its focus is to comprehend the extent to which the transmission of foreign language concepts and lexemes is feasible without learners’ L1. Initially, it investigates the field where L1 overreliance can imperil L2 processing and comprehension, discussing the instances where interlanguage translation creates cultural and linguistic misunderstandings. Second, it examines the cases and the grade in which monitored, appropriate use of translation facilitates understanding, leading to long- term consolidation. Finally we reframe the value of L1 in the ESL education, shedding light on the involuntary response of L2 learners, i.e. localization. 


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Keywords: EFL, lexeme, interlanguage, understanding, ESL education

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