The Lived Experiences of Non-Thai Teachers in Code-Switching at Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University


  • Delfin Cejudo Language Institute, Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University
  • Dr. Jasson Compuesto College of Arts and Science, Holy Name University
  • Maricar Vinalay Far Eastern University Roosevelt- Cainta Campus


Code-Switching, Non-Thai EFL Teachers, Functions of Code-Switching


This study investigates the lived experiences of non-Thai teachers' code-switching in delivering their English lessons in EFL classrooms. The study employed a qualitative approach, specifically phenomenology. The teachers were interviewed using semi-structured interview questions. The responses were transcribed and analyzed using Colaizzi’s seven-step descriptive phenomenological data analysis approach. The findings of this study showed that teachers’ experiences of code-switching were a helpful, practical, and essential tool to foster active participation from the students. The teachers’ reasons for utilizing code-switching are to relieve students’ anxiety and amplify socialization, word power, understanding of grammar, and instruction. Furthermore, the study also emphasizes that excessive use of code-switching can hinder the student’s learning of the target language.  Additionally, the teachers face a challenge when they code-switch due to the tone-sensitive nature of the Thai language. Thus, it is suggested that one must be at least conversational in the students' language to use code-switching effectively. It is concluded in this study that teachers should not cease using code-switching since it helps students grasp complex ideas and allows them to be engaged in the classroom.


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Author Biographies

Dr. Jasson Compuesto, College of Arts and Science, Holy Name University

Dr. Jasson G. Compuesto is an Assistant Professor at Holy Name University in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. He currently teaches Communication courses at the undergraduate level and Literary Scholarship and Asian Literature at the graduate level. He earned his doctorate degree in Literature and Communication from Cebu Normal University in Cebu City, Philippines.

Maricar Vinalay, Far Eastern University Roosevelt- Cainta Campus

Maricar Vinalay is an educator, holding a Master's degree in Basic Education Teaching from the Ateneo De Manila University. Maricar has authored an English textbook and currently serves as the principal for Online classes at FEU Roosevelt.



How to Cite

Cejudo, D., Compuesto, J., & Vinalay, M. (2024). The Lived Experiences of Non-Thai Teachers in Code-Switching at Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 6(1), 128–142.