native language

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native language

The first language a person learns. It is usually the language he or she is most proficient in and uses with the greatest comfort, confidence, and precision.
Synonym: first language; mother tongue
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The figure for Welsh as a first language was little better at 20.3pc.
``A new system should be established for Welsh in which pupils are rewarded for language skills by standard means, providing the necessary incentive for second language and first language students to acquire linguistic skills.
"Neither the Welsh first language programmes of study nor the Welsh second language programmes of study are appropriate for a large number of them."
It means children whose first language is not English are significantly more likely to be performing poorly in these assessments.
"The cost to the UK in lost exports due to poor language skills is an eye-watering PS48 billion a year, so our bilingual pupils are a potentially lucrative untapped resource, and harnessing their linguistic abilities would help the next generation of British people to compete as global "One of the most important things we can do to help integrate young people whose first language is not English is to value their home languages and to make it easier for them to get accreditation in them.
Most students demonstrated a basic understanding of the terms language and first language. As a class, we involved the students in the interviewing process and then collated information from our interviews.
Data showed that two schools in West Yorkshire with very high figures of children whose first language is not English still had exceptional results.
Out of the 214,952 primary school pupils in the area 67,722 have a first language other than English according to statistics from the Department for Education.
Respecting the students we serve: Using person first language. Communique, 38, 32.
Fulfilling a long pending demand, the Telangana government has accorded Urdu the status of First Language, making it at par with Telugu.
The progress that Emirati and Arab students are making in learning Arabic as a first language in Dubai's private schools remains alarmingly low owing to poor quality of teaching, assessment, and curriculum design and modification, according to the KHDA.