Founder of English Consultancy, Freddie Gay has been a teacher, teacher trainer for more than 10 years and has worked in a number of countries, including Thailand, the UK, Malaysia but most extensively in Colombia. He has a number of teaching qualifications including a diploma in English language teaching to adults and a Master's degree in English language and applied linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has worked and had a keen interest in evaluation and assessment throughout his career.
As you would imagine, all English language lessons focus on the English language as the syllabus. Meanwhile, almost all English language lessons focus exclusively on the English language, without taking into account the learner’s first language, which we call ‘L1’. There is a pedagogical reason for this: the long-standing and ubiquitous idea that it is better to focus exclusively on L1 when learning a language.