- Classroom language is the language used by the teacher to organize and manage learning and to socialize with learners.
- It can be both verbal and non-verbal (gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice).
- Teachers are not competent enough to use it.
- Some pupils have very low competence in English.
- Pupils always ask for Arabic explanations.
- Some supervisors urge teachers to use Arabic side by side with English.
- Pupils become frustrated when for not understanding English.
- Pupils misunderstand English instructions in testing.
The Value of Using English in Class:
- Teachers do not need a very competent level of English in a primary classroom.
- English cannot be taught through Arabic.
- Devices like mime and gestures help instead of Arabic translation.
- A successful class conducted in English satisfies supervisors.
- Teachers can give simple instructions and demonstrate them.
- Using English greatly in class helps pupils understand test instructions.
What are suggestions for using classroom language?
- Teachers do not have to have an advanced level of English to use English in the classroom.
- They need to learn key phrases and teach these to the pupils.
- Do not be discouraged if at first the children find it difficult to understand.
- Use gestures to make your meaning clear and gradually build up the amount of English you use in class.