Can you try in English, please?

I’m a bilingual and bicultural, British-Spanish, English teacher in Spain and many colleagues at work seem very surprised when I tell them I hardly ever translate anything in my beginner o elementary classes. Needless to say, this is because I believe teachers should be able to communicate without relying on their learners’ L1. However, I have absolutely nothing against translating some words in class if it proves to be beneficial for learners at a particular moment. I’ve taught in different contexts and I speak a couple more languages fluently but as a general rule I avoid using my students’ L1 in class simply because it makes my job easier:...

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