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Hi! This is not an easy one to answer. Not everybody in the class will have the same degree of grammatical understanding. I, personally, would explain new grammatical phenomena or vocabulary in simple L2 terms but summarise (or ask a student to summarise) them in the L1, too. This is an aide to weaker students and a reassurance for the better ones. I found this work by Ernesto Macaro very helpful: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1193074?uid=3738232&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21106580049483

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