Exploring the Functions of Code-Switching in a Zhuhai’s Middle School

Mingzhu HU

Abstract


The present study focuses on the use and functions of code-switching in a Zhuhai’s middle school. By means of class recording and class observance, the paper finds out that teachers mainly speak Putonghua and English in the English classrooms, though Zhuhai is a city in China, close to Macau and Hong Kong and its main dialect is Cantonese. Additionally, totally six functions of code-switching are discovered in the English class, they are, translating, economizing, maintaining class discipline, affective functions, checking understanding, and topic switch, all of which are helpful to English teaching.


Keywords


Zhuhai; Code-switching; Function; English; Putonghua

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/10367

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