Language Transfer as a Communication Strategy and a Language Learning Strategy in a Malaysian ESL Classroom

Paramasivam, Shamala
March 2009
Asian EFL Journal;Mar2009, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p192
Academic Journal
This paper reports on the use of language transfer as a type of communication strategy and language learning strategy drawing on a variety of oral interaction activities from a Malaysian classroom for English as a second language. The study provides insights into not only how the learners' first language functions as a strategy for communication but also how it can enhance second language learning by way of helping learners expand their second language repertoire and increase their automatization of second language items.


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