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ESOLScotland.com The ESOLScotland website provides information for learners and practitioners of English for Speakers of Other Languages. It provides information on: - ESOL Courses - Citizenship - Support for learners - Initial assessment guide - Teaching resources - Curriculum Framework - Professional Development for practitioners - Useful weblinks for learners and teachers Read More Visit site Scotland website
European Migration Network (2012) Ad-Hoc Query on Programmes for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants The European Migration Network’s (EMN) Ad-Hoc Query on Programmes for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants offers a useful resource for anyone wishing to gain a quick overview of policy on migrant integration in other European regions. The report details member states’ responses (including the UK) to questions on provision of national programmes for linguistic integration of both EU and non-EU migrants. The questions posed to each state cover the following areas; how programmes are funded, whether the programme provided incorporates any civic or vocational training, whether or not migrants are required to contribute financially to participate in the programme, any adaptations made for different target groups (such as illiterate or highly educated) and, whether or not the programmes are compulsory or offered on a voluntary basis. See also European Migration Network (2013). Read More Visit site Free EU, Non-EU UK, EU EU Document
Rice et al. (2004) National “English for Speakers of Other Languages” (ESOL) Strategy: mapping exercise and scoping study Rice et al. (2004) authored a Scottish Government commissioned study which explores issues faced by non-English speakers and their teachers within an educational context. The study provides a qualitative resource drawing on discussions and interviews with a wide range of participants. The report’s key findings include the recognition that there are long waiting lists for those wishing to enrol on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. In addition, there is a critical need for more qualified teaching staff and a lack of childcare facilities for parent-learners. The study also draws attention to the success of a number of small scale projects which have helped skilled migrants to gain their English proficiency certificates and to improve their employment prospects. Also see Rice et al. (2008) relating to publically funded courses, Weedon et al. (2011) for a workplace context, Wells (2012) for ESOL in the Outer Hebrides, Beadle and Silverman (2007) for a study which incorporates provider and learner perspectives and Learning Link Scotland (2007) for a study of the voluntary sector. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
Rice et al. (2008) Do hours matter? The relationship between motivation and study intensity in learners of English in Scotland Rice et al. (2008) analyse national survey data pertaining to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners enrolled on publically funded courses. The study compares the number of hours invested by ESOL learners and what motivates their decision to attend full or part-time classes. The study also considers the overall commitment in terms of number of classroom hours attended that each student is prepared to make. Rice et al. (2008) find that differences in learner motivation and aspiration inform these choices. Childcare or employment issues can influence choice, but decisions are also influenced by the desire to learn. The implications of the findings for course providers are also discussed. The authors identify the need for more flexibility in terms of class hours and times, for provision of childcare in order to allow ESOL migrants to fully engage in Scottish society both economically and socially. Also see an earlier scoping study by Rice et al. (2004) on ESOL strategy. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Scott (2014) ESOL & Me ESOL & Me is a film made by language learners who attend CLD ESOL Speakeasy for Young People, Edinburgh. Read More Visit site Free City of Edinburgh Film
Weedon et al. (2011) Skills for Scotland: Learning in and for businesses Weedon et al. (2011) report their findings following examination of initiatives aimed at improving the skills of Scotland’s workforce. One of the key research partners (a trade union) was involved in the facilitation of English language learning for migrant workers and it was found that such organisations can offer opportunities for learning. Such institutions can also play a potentially pivotal role in supporting migrant learners in the workplace. The report also identified challenges associated with the delivery of such programmes, particularly to workers with few, or no, qualifications. The issue of encouraging learner engagement is also considered. The development of an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) strategy was driven by the need for policies to aid the economic and social integration of recent arrivals whose first language was not English. This strategy was needed in view of increased immigration to Scotland (predominantly from within the EU). This study underlines the importance of learning English for use in the workplace and, of developing an ESOL strategy that reflects this. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Academic research
Welcoming Our Learners: Scotland’s ESOL Strategy 2015 - 2020 The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Strategy for Adults in Scotland 2015 provides the strategic direction to ensure we continue to support high quality learning and teaching of English language in Scotland. Read More Visit site Scotland Strategy document
Wells (2012) ESOL in the Hebrides and Island voices–‘Hey, hang on a minute, tha mise bilingual!’ Published in a British Council collection which focuses on English language teaching for migrants and refugees, Wells (2012) presents an intriguing insight into adult education in the Outer Hebrides. The collection as a whole highlights the regional balancing act necessitated by the facts of devolved education versus the UK government’s centralised control of immigration policy. Learning English is of crucial importance for new arrivals to Scotland. The author suggests that rather than being viewed as incompatible, the traditional aspects of local life and the new customs introduced as a result of immigration, can be harnessed to foster ESOL skills. Learning English is central to academic success for migrant children, for adults, learning English and gaining proficiency opens doors, enhances economic security and leads to increased social acceptance and cultural understanding within the host community. Read More Visit site Free Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Public sector