ERIC Number: ED423707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Lost Opportunities: The Language Skills of Linguistic Minorities in England and Wales.
Carr-Hill, Roy; Passingham, Steve; Wolf, Alison; Kent, Naomi
A study investigated the English language needs of five minority language communities in England (Bengali, Gujerati, Punjabi Urdu, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Chinese) and four refugee groups (Bosnians, Kurds, Somalis, Tamils). Data were gathered from 997 individuals in the language groups and 176 in the refugee groups using a test of listening, reading, and writing. Results indicate a high proportion of the groups operate at low levels of English language competence, with very few skilled enough for English-medium study and training, despite relatively high formal educational attainment. Substantial proportions were unemployed. Nearly half had previously had English language instruction, and a similar proportion had taken or were taking English instruction in the United Kingdom. Language skill differences were found for the different groups studied. Younger subjects performed better than older subjects, and overall men performed better than women. Implications for the success of current educational programs and for future needs are explored. (Contains 67 references.) (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bengali, Chinese, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Gujarati, Literacy, Minority Groups, Punjabi, Refugees, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Surveys, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Urdu
Basic Skills Agency, 7th Floor, Commonwealth House, 1-19 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1NV, England (6 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basic Skills Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Somalia; United Kingdom (England)