An exploration of teachers’ code switching

The case of English language classroom


  • Zaka ur Rehman Rehman University Utara Malaysia
  • Irfan Bashir University of Management and Technology
  • Ahmad Raza ur Rehman Military College Sui


code switching,, English Langauge Classroom,, Teaching/Learning Process,


The linguistic phenomenon of using two languages by switching between them is universal in multilingual situation. Code-switching takes place when two bilingual speakers are busy in interacting with each other. Most commonly, such individuals are not consciously aware of the fact that they are involved in such linguistic phenomenon. The same happens to teachers as they switch the code while teaching English in the classroom and the reason for this code-switching maybe that English has an important status in Pakistan. However, it serves a very conspicuous social function too. This study highlights on how code-switching assists in second language learning. A Quantitative study based on survey data was conducted to observe the effect of code-switching on the language learning process. In this investigation questionnaire was a major tool. Furthermore, the questionnaire used in this research was composed in accordance to the objectives of the study. The setting of the research was various educational institutes of Lahore. Hundred English language teachers both male and female were chosen for sampling. This research, although introductory in nature, seeks to underline and elaborate the effect of code-switching on the language learning process. The result shows that code-switching helps students in learning concepts of second language in English language classroom. Moreover, it can also be noticed as a good educational practice. To cap up, this research has made an endeavor to better comprehend the tendencies of code-switching in Pakistani English language classrooms.


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Rehman, Z. ur R., Bashir, I., & Rehman, A. R. ur. (2020). An exploration of teachers’ code switching: The case of English language classroom . Competitive Social Science Research Journal, 1(2), 54–71. Retrieved from