Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development
versión impresa ISSN 1657-0790
MORA PABLO, Irasema et al. Students and Teachers' Reasons for Using the First Language Within the Foreign Language Classroom (French and English) in Central Mexico. profile [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp. 113-129. ISSN 1657-0790.
The present study explores the use of the first language in a context of foreign language teaching. This qualitative research presents the classroom practice and points of view of French and English teachers and students within a public educational institute in central Mexico using the techniques of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The results show that teachers and the majority of students perceive the use of the first language as positive and part of the teaching and learning process. A small number of students do not like the use of the first language in the classroom and prefer that their teachers use the target language only.
Palabras llave : First language use; qualitative research; students and teachers' points of view.