THE ROLE OF L1 TRANSFER ON L2 LEARNING: SOME REFLECTIONS ON ALGERIAN LEARNERS

Ahmed Hoadjli, Chaouki, Ramdanemehiri
2016 An International Refereed e-Journal of Literary Explorations February   unpublished
Learning English as a second language (L2), in our context, is sometimes characterised by the students' use of their first language (L1) as a facilitating means for effective communication in the classroom. This indicates that the influence of L1 on the learning of L2 is not only an inevitable phenomenon, but also an important aspect that must be taken into consideration. The belief that L1 is a significant factor influencing the acquistion of a second language dates back to the 1950s when
more » ... the 1950s when Behaviourism was dominant in the domain of linguistics ; however, thoughts and positions had changed with the advent of Chomsky's generativistic approach to language study. Chomsky argued that like L1, L2 learning is conducted by universal innate principles or rather inborn capacities that enable the human being to acquire any language. By reviewing some related literature and, at the same time, relying on our modest experience as EFL teachers at the tertiary level, where students are exposed to both theoretical and practical issues, this communication aims to investigate the different insights and attitudes towards the natural and justifiable interference of L1 in L2 acquisition (learning).
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