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Community languages

The community languages group looks after the particular needs of community language teacher and learners, particularly basic education in community languages.  The most widely used community languages in Britain are Urdu, Bangla and Punjabi. 

Where learners with basic literacy and study skills needs live in a community in which the target language is widely used, the language is termed a community language.  Where learners learn a language for a social or work situations, the target language is termed a Modern Foreign Language.

CILT - The National Centre for Languages published  the results of its 2005 study into the teaching and learning of community languages in Britain. Its report Positively Plurilingual combines its findings with a round up of recent research into the benefits of bilingualism. Further information on CILT's community language publications and activities can be found here.

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