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Gabrielatos, C. (2001). L1 use in ELT: Not a skeleton, but a bone of contention. A response to Prodromou. Bridges 6, 33-35.

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Gabrielatos, C. (2001). L1 use in ELT: Not a skeleton, but a bone of contention. A response to Prodromou. TESOL Greece Newsletter 70, 6-9.

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These are two slightly different responses to two different versions of Luke Prodromou’s article ‘From mother tongue to other tongue’ published in Bridges 5, January 2001 (click on the icon to read the article), and TESOL Greece Newsletter, 67, September 2000 (not available online).

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Abstract

 

The use of L1 in foreign language teaching has been a bone of contention for over two centuries. Unfortunately, the arguments raised for and against its use seem to have been politically motivated, have made no effective use of learning context, and have failed to use relevant frameworks in linguistics and applied linguistics.

 

 

Key words

 

L1, mother tongue, first language, interlanguage, appropriation, English language teaching, EFL, ELT, TESOL, language teaching methodology, linguistics, applied linguistics.

 

 

Related articles by the same author

 

Gabrielatos, C. (2003). How much is that methodology in the window? ESL MiniConference, February 2003.

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Gabrielatos, C. (2002). Shopping at the ELT supermarket: Principled decisions and practices. ERIC, ED478747.

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Gabrielatos, C. (1998). Translation impossibilities: Problems and opportunities for TEFL. TESOL Greece Newsletter 60, 21-24.

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