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ERIC Number: EJ942856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Why Investing in ESOL Makes Sense
Sullivan, Patricia
Adults Learning, v22 n6 p24-25 Feb 2011
Access to English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses is crucial for society, social cohesion and the economy. In 2006 it was estimated that 600,000 people in London alone had an ESOL need. In some parts of the country, as many as 50 per cent of adults have Entry-level ESOL needs. ESOL is no longer an issue only for urban areas. People who move to the UK need English language skills to access training, gain employment and participate in society. Many of those with ESOL needs have valuable skills, qualifications and experience which can lie untapped unless they have the chance to learn English to an appropriate level. However, the coalition government wishes to restrict the funding of ESOL to those who can prove they are looking for work but language is not just about employment. Courses in English for speakers of other languages make a critical contribution to the economy and to community cohesion, but changes to ESOL funding will put much of this important provision under threat. The author explains why investing in ESOL makes sense.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)