English Language Department, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh Branch, Maragheh, Iran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
English Language Department, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh Branch, Maragheh, Iran (email@example.com)
This study investigated the attitudes of a group of Azerbaijani teachers towards the use of L1 in their teaching process. For these purpose 40 Azerbaijani-Turkic EFL teachers of different high schools in Eastern Azerbaijan, Iran was randomly selected. The teachers were from both male and female gender groups. Some of them held BA and some of them held MA degrees in TEFL. Their ages varied from 25 to 50 and their teaching experiences varied from 6 to 25 years and their places of teaching were either in cities or villages in Eastern Azerbaijan. A questionnaire with two main parts was used to collect data. The data was analyzed by using the Excel worksheets and descriptive analysis method. The results of the study showed that although some of the teachers in this study were reluctant to use L1 in their teaching process, most of them believed that it is acceptable to use L1 in EFL teaching and recognized the important role of L1 in various occasions in ELT.
Keywords: EFL; EFL learners; mother tongue; attitudes of EFL teachers; mother tongue using