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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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Developmental bilingual: Similar to transitional bilingual, but longer-term, with the goal of helping students develop literacy in both English and their native language.
While encouraging native language development and use among students may initially seem daunting or present challenges to monolingual teachers, creative solutions can help teachers to overcome potential barriers to this practice.
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): Marketing messages expressed in people's native languages are most effective at triggering emotional reactions, according to a new study.
He also predicted that the "accountability" facet under the new legislation would inhibit the use of Native language instruction (Crawford, J.
The idea behind the schools is to teach native language to children at an early age so that it is incorporated into their daily speech and--where feasible--their school instruction.
Regardless of the students' native language status (whether NE or L2), strong readers and struggling readers seem to share many features in common.
This very clear when you read a novel or a text that includes Native words or phrases and you actually know that language: the inconsistencies in spelling, the glaring grammatical mistakes, the contextual masquerade in which the speaker can recognize that the Native language and context are not in agreement (the writer simply used what words they knew, not the words that were appropriate).
His chapter on religious life outlines in fascinating detail the survival and adaptation of native beliefs and practices, the untranslatability of many Christian concepts into native language and belief systems, and the Mixtecs' ambivalent acceptance of the "God from Castile.
When I was thinking about where in the institution this chair could really make a difference, I thought of this program," said LCC President Mary Spilde, who then proposed the idea to the group of faculty and students who have spent years working to create a Native language program.
Gradually, Ligaya became an English speaker and lost her native language forever.
Students whose transition to English is delayed in the interest of learning mathematics, science, and reading and writing in their native language will inevitably have more difficulty learning English, and that difficulty may have long-term consequences.
To help them appreciate each other, I have them fill out cards with their names in English and their native language, a few phrases in their native language, and other information such as their likes.