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ESOL Provision in the UK and Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities

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Edited By Freda Mishan

Situated within the context of unprecedented levels of inward migration to the UK and Ireland bringing with it all the complexities of integration, this volume focuses on a key aspect of this - language provision. Through the voices of stakeholders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), this volume critically examines models of language provision and integration, the relationship between language and identity, developing ESOL practices and ESOL policy. A distinctive feature is the diversity of contributions, ranging from research studies to vignettes presenting living portraits of ESOL practice on the ground. The volume fills an urgent gap in this area, offering a snapshot of the ‘state of the art’ of ESOL in the UK and Ireland and projections of how the needs of new migrants can be addressed into the future.

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5 An investigation of ESOL provision for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland: Voices of support providers (Bronagh Ćatibušić / Fiona Gallagher / Shadi Karazi)

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Bronagh Ćatibušić, Fiona Gallagher and Shadi Karazi

5 An investigation of ESOL provision for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland: Voices of support providers

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This chapter describes a research project entitled An investigation of language and intercultural support for Syrian refugees in Ireland which explored the language and intercultural needs and supports provided to Syrian refugees who are resettling in towns across Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). This chapter focuses on the findings in relation to the provision of ESOL courses for adult refugees in the programme delivered by the local Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Through consultation with support providers from educational, community and NGO sectors across a number of resettlement towns in Ireland, the researchers seek to evaluate existing services, identify needs, and inform the development of additional supports in relation to English language supports for Syrian refugees in Ireland. Findings suggest that there are important lessons to be learnt in relation to the duration, intensity, content and format of the ESOL provision provided to these students and highlight an urgent need for the development of clear guidelines and appropriate training for the support providers involved.

ESOL provision for adult refugees in Ireland: Background and key issues in the literature

The war in Syria, which began in 2011, has led to the displacement of over 11 million people, at least 5.6 million of whom have sought refuge beyond Syria’s borders, mostly in surrounding countries...

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