Impact of Code Switching on ESL Learners during Pandemic at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan Campus

Authors

  • Fozia Ramzan Associate Lecturer, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, RYK Campus. Author
  • Marium Majeed Associate Lecturer, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, RYK Campus. Author
  • Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. Author

Keywords:

Code switching, ESL, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Learning

Abstract

This study investigated the impact of code switching on ESL learners specifically during pandemic situation. The population was the language teachers of The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan. The basic focus of the study was to find out the advantages that teachers achieved through code switching in ESL classrooms during pandemic. It tried to find out that how code switching is efficient to increase the learning proficiency among the ESL learners. Actually COVID-19 added to the sufferings of world and caused immeasurable loss. After health the greatest loss was observed in the field of education. This pandemic slowed down the pace of learning by creating a lot of hurdles in the way of gaining knowledge. Physical classes were extinct and online system was new for the learners and instructors both. In the present era, a good number of educational institutions in Pakistan have declared that the language of instruction in the classrooms should be English, which is the chief second language in the country. When a language userjumps from one language to another language, this process is called code switching. This technique is widely used in Pakistani classrooms. It is believed to be beneficial to switch from one code to another in an ESL class. Sociolinguistics measures code-switching not only as a constituentof communal social life but surrounds the societal strata of speakers’ linguistic difference, societal variables, and societal settings. Seemingly language teachers deliberately choose code switching for the promotion, comprehension, and improvement of second language (L2) learning. This paper puts light on the advantages of code switching on the track of language learning, investigates a few strands of code switchingand then its efficacy in developing L2 knowledge amongst the students at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan Campus. The findings of the study make clear that the code-switching causes learning sessions connected and it facilitates the learners to switch from L2 to L1. It can be implied that code-switching has a strong impact on language teaching.  

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10351861

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2021-09-30

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Impact of Code Switching on ESL Learners during Pandemic at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan Campus. (2021). International Research Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 2(2), 315-323. https://irjmss.com/index.php/irjmss/article/view/151

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