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YANCE RAMIREZ, Luis Leonardo; RODRIGUEZ ESPINOSA, Emilia  and  LEYVA VALERO, Fabiola. Use of the mother tongue in the foreign language teaching. Educ Med Super [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.1, pp.15-22. ISSN 0864-2141.

The authors of this paper reviewed some facts and offered some opinions and experience of outstanding experts, in addition to their own pieces of experience after a number of years devoted to teaching English as a second language, in order to give answers that might be conclusive for very usual questions in this type of education: What is the role of the mother tongue in English teaching as a second language? How could the mother tongue be used in a productive way? Do the beginners really need the mother tongue in their English classes? Some useful experience in using the mother tongue as a pedagogic technique for better understanding of the foreign language by the students was analyzed.

Keywords : Foreign language; mother tongue; pedagogic technique.

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