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In an educational context, this is most often used to describe a class, group, or cohort of learners for whom there is not a common first language. In a multicultural, multilingual society many pupils starting school at the age of 5 have greatest fluency not in English but in the language which is spoken in their home. This has implications for the content and style of the teaching needed to meet their individual learning needs. See also English as an Additional Language.

Subjects: Education.

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