Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(6), pp. 259 - 263
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030601
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Code Switching in an EFL Environment

Natassa Stylianou-Panayi *
Department of English Language and Linguistics, Frederick University, Cyprus


When referring to Bilingualism, code switching seems to be an important issue as it is connected to: (a) the use of L1 while teaching the L2; (b) the native teacher, or the non-native teacher, in an EFL classroom environment; (c) along with the importance of the Critical Period Hypothesis concerning language acquisition. The use of L1 in the classroom largely depends on the teacher, and whether he / she is native or non-native. On the other hand, these days many classrooms tend to be multicultural and multilingual as well, so there might be confusion in some EFL classroom environments on the L1, and on how many languages code switching occurs. Acquiring a second language is largely connected to the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH), and whether children are able to learn a language to the extent, they can learn their mother tongue, before the age of puberty. When referring to two languages and the ease of switching from one into another, the reference to the CPH becomes even more important. The present paper provides reference on recent research and the literature review on code switching and identifies the factors facilitating or inhibiting it. The paper focuses on whether code switching in an EFL classroom environment occurs because of the difficulties learners have when communicating from one language to the other; whether having a native teacher helps students or not and how code switching is influenced by several factors, such as the speakers' age.

Code Switching, Critical Period Hypothesis, Native and Non-native Teacher

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[1] Natassa Stylianou-Panayi , "Code Switching in an EFL Environment," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 259 - 263, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030601.

(b). APA Format:
Natassa Stylianou-Panayi (2015). Code Switching in an EFL Environment. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(6), 259 - 263. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030601.