The Functions of Code Switching in ESL Classrooms of Sindh University

Nazish Memon, Saira Altaf, Prof. Dr. Noor Afroze Khuwaja


There are number of problems and issues regarding the use of first language (L1) in learning English language. In the English language classroom, both teachers and students seem not sure about the L1 use in the classes. Moreover, there is no policy communicated to the teachers and students of Sindh University regarding the code switching. The present study aims to investigate the patterns and functions of code switching in English language classrooms. The context of the study was University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Data was collected through classroom observations and semi structured interviews. Teachers’ and students’ code switching was analyzed thematically. It was found that code switching was done for different purposes including translation, repetition, clarification of instructions, and socializing. The study also found that for teachers, there is no policy communicated to them for using code switching in their classes.

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