The use of the mother tongue
- In the classroom
Rationale: Students can help each other to make content/tasks comprehensible (this frees up the teacher).
Presupposes: Classroom opportunities for collaboration.
Rationale: Students can acquire essential background knowledge or deepen their understanding of what they did in class.
Presupposes: Native language resources available; informed and engaged parents. (Read my advice to parents.)
Important: Knowledge, concepts and skills acquired in the first language are available for use in the second language. Two-language iceberg graphic.