The Use of Trilingual Languages by Gayonese and Bataknese Teachers in Teaching English


This research investigated the use of trilingual languages by Gayonese and Bataknese teachers in teaching English. This study used the theory of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and applied a qualitative method. The data were obtained from videos taken in the classroom. They were analyzed by transcribing the spoken language into written form, identifying the languages used by classifying them into sentences, and calculating the sentences of each language to find out the frequency of languages used by Bataknese and Gayonese teachers in teaching English. The teachers predominately used Indonesian in teaching English (62.70%), the local language (23.81%), and English (13.49%).

Keywords: Language Use, Teaching, Culture

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