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Department/School of the Primary Author

English, Literature, and Modern Languages

Keywords

Code-mixing, intra-sentential code-switching, language acquisition, L2 instruction

DOI

10.15385/jch.2018.3.1.1

Abstract

Second language development is an important topic of discussion in an increasingly multilingual world. This study aims to examine and detail research on the effects of code-mixing (CM) on second language development, answering how CM facilitates or constrains second language acquisition. Peer-reviewed articles on the topic published between 2013 and 2018 were examined and synthesized. Language learners/multilinguals answered questionnaires about their views on CM and second language acquisition, and a language teacher was interviewed regarding use of L1 in the language classroom and CM as a pedagogical tool. This study found that CM can be a beneficial tool for language learning and instruction at the beginning stages of a learner’s acquisition, but use of L1 becomes less necessary and less beneficial as a language learner moves closer to fluency. However, CM is not necessarily a sign of low language competence and is used by multilinguals for a number of reasons.

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