ERIC Number: EJ942847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
"I Was Very Scared... Now I Am Not Scared"
Adults Learning, v22 n5 p26-27 Jan 2011
Challenged both by funding cuts and by changes in legislation, local authorities are at very different stages in taking forward the strategic planning of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Planning has been further complicated by the coalition's slowness to set out a definition of the "settled communities" priority group for English language learning. Furthermore, the UK Border Agency has introduced a requirement for newly arrived spouses to the UK to have proof of a basic level of English language. Despite these changes and challenges, there is no doubt that valuable work has happened on the ground to begin to implement "A New Approach to English for Speakers of Other Languages," the strategy announced by the previous government in May 2009. The strands of activity in "A Woman's Place"--a NIACE project to engage women with English language needs from minority ethnic communities--have complemented local planning, through pilots, workshops for local authorities and practitioner training. Lessons learned from the project will be invaluable in moving forward to reach learners with the least English language skills.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Language Skills, English (Second Language), English, Second Language Programs, Language Minorities, Ethnic Groups, Womens Education, Womens Studies, Community Education, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom