University Students’ Code-switching Patterns and Functions Evidence from Mekelle University Students

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Gebrewahid Tsige Gerezgiher
Hailom Banteyerga Amaha

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This study was conducted to investigate university students’ code-switching (CS) patterns and functions. To achieve this objective, data were gathered through classroom observation audio records and semi-structured interviews. For the interviews, 18 students out of 109 students were selected using stratified random sampling. Out of the 18 courses, six courses were chosen using stratified random sampling for the classroom observation audio records. From these six courses, a total of 24 lessons of 2400 minutes were recorded and transcribed. The results obtained show that first year students code-switched less while second year and third year students did it more respectively. Besides, first year students employed intra-sentential CS more dominantly while both second year and third year students practiced inter-sentential CS more dominantly. Finally, it was found that students of all class years were CS for curriculum access functions more dominantly. Based on the findings, it is concluded that CS has many functions in the English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes, and it facilitates the teaching and learning process of English when it is used cautiously. However, the use of CS has to decrease as the students’ grade level increased and when the students’ EFL performance is improved since an overuse of CS has a lot of shortcomings in the EFL teaching and learning process. Therefore, teachers and all concerned bodies of the education sector have to give due attention to the proper use of CS in the classes.

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Gerezgiher, G.T. and Amaha, H.B.trans. 2024. University Students’ Code-switching Patterns and Functions: Evidence from Mekelle University Students. Daagu International Journal of Basic and Applied research (DIJBAR). 6, 1 (Jun. 2024), 355–372. DOI:https://doi.org/10.20372/dijbar67771.v6i1.2024.
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Hailom Banteyerga Amaha

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Addis Ababa University

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Gerezgiher, G.T. and Amaha, H.B.trans. 2024. University Students’ Code-switching Patterns and Functions: Evidence from Mekelle University Students. Daagu International Journal of Basic and Applied research (DIJBAR). 6, 1 (Jun. 2024), 355–372. DOI:https://doi.org/10.20372/dijbar67771.v6i1.2024.

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