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Define domains and varieties/codes

Maria is a teenager whose Portuguese parents came to London in the 1960s. She uses mainly Portuguese at home and to older people at the Portuguese Catholic church and community centre, but English is the appropriate variety or code for her to use at school. She uses mostly English at her after-school job serving in a local café, though occasionally older customers greet her in Portuguese.

Use the information provided in the example and
(1) define relevant domains of language use
(2) determine the variety or code appropriate to each domain you defined.

(Based on: Holmes 2008: 23)