Top Benefits of Knowing a Student’s Native Language | ITTT TEFL BLOG
Experience with a foreign language is beneficial for both the teacher and the student. If students know that their teacher has some prior knowledge of their native language, it will make early communication easier for both parties. While I feel learning the student’s language is important for early communication, it shouldn’t be used more than needed. The goal of the TEFL teacher is to assist students in their acquisition of the English language. It is possible that using the student’s native language could present difficulties. I believe that commending a student on correctly completing a task in both English and their native language creates another learning opportunity for them. If the TEFL teacher has some experience with the student’s native language, it makes first-class introductions more relaxed. While this isn’t required, I feel it gives the students more opportunities to ask questions or ease into a discussion if they are not yet able to do so in English.
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