DUNG NGUYEN (AN GIANG UNIVERSITY)

THE INVESTIGATION INTO ENGLISH-MAJORED STUDENTS€™ PERSPECTIVES ON USING CODE-SWITCHING IN ENGLISH SPOKEN LANGUAGE : BILINGUAL AND MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION

Code switching, defined as the use of more than one language in their utterance or discourse (Romaine, 1992), is becoming one of common linguistic phenomena among foreign language students. In view of its positive and negative impacts on foreign language learning process, it needs an investigation into the standpoints of foreign language students for further information and findings. Accordingly, this study aims at investigating overall perspectives of English-majored students at An Giang University on its advantages and disadvantages of using Code-switching in English spoken language. The instrument conducted in the research was 28-item questionnaire which was delivered to 96 English-majored students. The results of the study indicate that language users should consider using Code-switching only with those who have the same level of language as theirs and those who totally agree to use it during communication. It also reveals that code–switching should only be used in moderation in order to avoid its bad influences as much as possible.

Dung Thi Thu Nguyen is a lecturer at An Giang University in Vietnam. She has a Master's in Education in Teaching English. She has taught English to young learners at high school and university for over 15 years. Her area of interest is teaching young learners who learn English as foreign language.