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Teaching English using a learner’s own language

Explore the ways in which using learners' first language (L1) in the classroom can help, rather than hinder, their English skills.
Teacher teaching English in learners own language

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Using a learner’s own language (L1).

Research shows that using learners’ first language in the classroom in a principled way can greatly benefit their learning of English.

This module focuses on ways we can use learners’ first language or home language (L1) in the classroom to help them improve their English skills. This course is suitable for teachers who speak the language of their students or for teachers who work with multilingual classes.



Minimum age
Minimum language level
Pre-intermediate A2
Minimum course length
5 hours
Course dates
19 November - 17 December 2021
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Course units:

Each course we run is tailored by our expert tutors to the professional needs and priorities of the participants so content may be adapted to best suit the needs of your group.

Understanding when to use learners' L1 and when to encourage students to use their L1
Translation activities
How to work with both monolingual and multilingual groups
Useful online bilingual tools and resources

Course components

Our approach draws on the best available evidence on how teachers learn for transferability and impact. Throughout each component of your course, you will receive ongoing tutor facilitation and feedback.

1. Awareness raisingDevelop your understanding through online tasks, moderated forum discussions and interactive videos.

2. Consolidation and reinforcementGain useful insights from a one-hour live webinar with an expert tutor to build on and develop a deeper understanding of course content. The webinar for this course will be at 11am – 12pm (UK time) on Wednesday 26 May 2021. If you are unable to attend at this time, a recording will be provided. Please note that the date and/or time may be subject to change.

3. Implementation and feedbackApply your learning to your own practice and receive feedback from tutors and peers on your completed task.

Course dates

DELTA online learning


19 November 2021 - 17 December 2021

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