Code-Switching in the Classroom: The Perspectives of Bhutanese Teachers



Attitude Code-switching inter- sentential Intra-sentential Bhutanese Classroom


Code-switching (henceforth as CS) is the use of two or more languages in conversation. It is sometimes known as ‘language mixing’. CS may occur between sentences, known as 'inter-sentential' CS; and it may also occur within a sentence, known as 'intra-sentential CS. Cs is a linguistic feature of Multi-lingual societies, as they are gifted with more privileges to use various languages. CS in Bhutan is prevalent in offices, schools, institutes and market places, formally or informally, knowingly or unknowingly. This paper highlights the attitude of Bhutanese teachers towards CS in the classroom in the process of teaching and the purposes of CS in teaching. The data for the study comprises the responses of the attitudinal test questions designed based on a Likert Scale of 20 teacher- respondents (n=20) from the various levels of Schools in Bhutan. The findings indicate that the prevalence of CS in the classrooms is used to interpret complex ideas, translate questions, seek confirmation, check students understanding, also to build solidarity and CS is most prevalent in primary education. Therefore, CS is a unique linguistic requirement in education but there is a negative towards the use of CS in the classroom in Bhutan.



How to Cite

Dendup, P. . (2020). Code-Switching in the Classroom: The Perspectives of Bhutanese Teachers. International Journal of Linguistics and Translation Studies, 1(3), 47–57.