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Mother Tongue and English Language Learning: A Critical Analysis of Language Acquisition Divice Theory
Warta, I. Ketut
Article from Proceeding
The 62st TEFLIN International Conference: Teaching and Assessing L2 Learners in the 21st Century, Denpasar, 14-16th September 2015, Book 1
Controversy whether the position of mother tongue in EFL teaching is a fiction or fact has been a long debate and is still questioned but still left unresponded. The teaching of English in Indonesia is the most interesting yet the most frightening subject for the greater part of most school students. The claim that English and mathematics are still viewed as two most difficult subjects. The fact that students’ learning achievement of these two subjects is poor. This article is an attempt to explainthe issues from Chomsky’s LAD theory and the position of mother tongue in EFL learning. The theory is profoundly analyzed and empirically justified. Hopefully, the review of Chomsky’ theory and its implication on EFL learners will be of some assistance for teachers and learners of English to be aware of the importance of mother tongue in learning other languages, of English in particular. In line with EFL learning achievement the use of mother tongue can be helpful.
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