Learning and acquiring English as a foreign or second language demands an immersion atmosphere in that language, okay. But if our students need some encouraging words in their native language, it’s okay to do it so, in their mother tongue.
Also they may need some small laughing, so as to break the ice, and that may be done in the mother language too.
First is persons, people, and then language. I mean, things are below people. We need to take care of people above something which is a means – the target language, English in my case.
I try to encourage my students, and if I have to do it in Spanish (the mother tongue) also that is correct, I would say. Have a nice weekend! / Photo from: 3plearning