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Beadle and Silverman (2007) Examining the impact of EU enlargement and the introduction of the UK citizenship test on provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland

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Beadle and Silverman (2007) provide a comprehensive study of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in terms of both providers and learners in Scotland. The main strength of the study is the incorporation of both ESOL provider and learner perspectives, which highlights the central place of ESOL in aiding migrant integration into Scottish society. Although the study includes consideration of private provision and provision within higher education institutions, it primarily focuses on publicly funded ESOL provision, across a range of providers including colleges, the community and voluntary sectors. Beadle and Silverman (2007) not only draw attention to an increased demand for ESOL and subsequent need for further provision, but also to an increasing need for courses within Scotland’s rural areas due to recent A8 migration. In the concluding chapter, the authors reflect upon the policy implications stemming from their findings.

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Beadle, S., and Silverman, N. (2007) Examining the impact of EU enlargement and the introduction of the UK citizenship test on provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

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Free

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