Teach English without the help of the mother tongue, is it possible?

Teaching English as second language - teach English as second language, how hard is it?
@lucas5 (459)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 8, 2010 4:17pm CST
Do you think that is possible to teach English as second language without using the mother tongue on the class? I know that it is possible if you go out of your country, but I think it is very hard when you are in a class and the student know that you can speak his language and you are trying just speak in English. do you think that is possible teach English as second language using just English with your students?
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 10
Based on personal experience as an English teacher the answer is yes. In order to achieve it the teacher need to be fluent in the language, and can act out many things when say, explaining the meaning of a word. The least would we using hand gestures. The students need to be made to read out in class regardless of their pronunciation and comprehension level. On an emotional level the teacher needs to be patient. It is worth it because when the students start to understand the language it becomes easier to teach them. Even my spouse, who is still teaching English, finds the methods that I use produce better results.
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
11 Nov 10
Thank you, it is the best way to teach and learn another language, but it is really hard when the students don't want to work hard to speak, sometimes they try to learn in a easier way, they prefer to speak in their mother tongue. thank you so much for your response and have a nice day.
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 10
Whenever my students spoke in the mother tongue I replied back in English. No negative comment given. This meant that they were not under pressure to speak in English, and at the same time being encouraged to do so. Eventually they gained some courage to do so. I put my foot down on simple sentences like a request to go to the lavatory.
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
11 Nov 10
It is a good tip to keep the students in the language, if someone speaks anything in the mother tongue, just repeat that in English. thank you for the tip, have a nice day.
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@Porcospino (16522)
• Denmark
8 Nov 10
I once had an English teacher who tried to speak English all the time, but the students often asked if they were allowed to ask questions in Danish instead of English, because they found it easier to express the questions in Danish. It was hard to avoid sentences in Danish during the lessons, because the students knew that the teacher spoke Danish. It would have been a different situation if the teacher didn't speak or understand Danish at all, then the student would have been forced to speak English, but they often chose the easy way out (=their own language)
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 Nov 10
yeah, I see teacher having the same problem here, they try just speak in English but the some students want to speak their mother tongue. thank you for your response. have a nice day.
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14 Dec 10
even if the teacher don't know mother tongue of the students still te students cant avoid to speak in their mother tongue..and the situation become worse... i have personally experienced the same... u cant expect students to when they dnt know much abut the language
@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
24 Dec 10
that is true, thank you so much for your response.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
8 Nov 10
The best way to teach a new language is full immersion from day 1. There is no reason to use the primary language of the area.
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 Nov 10
yeah, that is the best way for the student to get the fluency in the language, but it is hard to the teacher to keep this in class, just speak English and force the student to use it as well. thank you so much for your response. have a nice day.
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@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
i think you can learn english without the help of the mother tongue but it would take more time than getting help from your mother tongue. learning english without translations is like teaching toddlers how to talk. they will leran to speak but it would take some time. it is easier to remember words if you know the translation of this on your mother tongue. again we can all learn but it is much easier if there is help from the language we know better.
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 Nov 10
Yeah, I've aways listen to people saying that the best way to learn another language is when you immerse in that language. but it is very hard to know some words if you don't know the meaning of this words in your language. thank you so much for your response. have a nice day.
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@buenavida (7961)
• Sweden
6 Sep 12
Yes, you can teach any language, especially to children, but if you are teaching grown up people, it can be more difficult. It is so easy to take a short cut and ask in your own language if the teacher can speak that language too. Sometimes it can help to understand better. I learned Swedish without a Finnish teacher, but I was a child, only ten when I started and was surrounded by the language all day at school. I have also taught Swedish and had students who speak a, for me, foreign language. It works, no doubt, but when I have Finnish students, we talked Finnish too, as I had to explain some things to them so they could understand better.
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