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Using the Mother Tongue
Using the Mother Tongue offers a variety of practical ways to make use of what is a very valuable resource by:
  • providing ideas and guidelines on when and how to use the mother tongue
  • encouraging teachers to use the mother tongue selectively and effectively
  • raising awareness of the similarities and differences between languages
  • building links between the mother tongue and the foreign language through comparison and translation
The use of the mother tongue in the foreign language classroom has often been officially discouraged; however, many teachers have recognised that in practice using one’s own language to learn a foreign language is natural, necessary and efficient.

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