This study mainly aims to identify if the teachers code-switching to Arabic language affects students performance in the speaking skill in the EFL classroom. The study also investigates the functions of teachers CS in the EFL classroom as well as students attitudes towards teachers CS. The sample of the study is comprised of 20 teachers from the ELI-Jeddah to be observed through a checklist followed by dividing the teachers into two groups; teachers who CS and teachers who dont CS. After that, the speaking grades of students are accumulated, then is divided into two groups as well. Moreover, the students sample was a total of 200 students from each of the 20 classes observed (10 students in each class). The findings of the study are grouped into three categories: first, it was found out that the grades of students who attend to teachers who dont CS are higher than those students who attend to teachers who CS. Second, the most used CS function in all the 20 observed sessions were for the purposes of assessing understanding and then translation. Third, it was shown from students questionnaire that students obtain a positive attitude towards teachers CS in the classroom as it facilitate their learning.
Alaa Al-Adnani, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Tariq Elyas, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
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