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.
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