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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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kathryn aldridge-morris is a freelance ELT writer, specialising in resources for refugees and asylum seekers, and a trainer for the modern slavery charity Unseen. She was a project coordinator for the British Council’s ESOL Nexus website. Her latest publications include How to Write ESOL Materials (ELT Teacher2Writer, 2015), Build up to Headway Intermediate (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Build Up to Headway Pre-Intermediate (Oxford University Press, 2019).

sundus ameer was awarded a PhD in ‘ESOL for Citizenship Courses in the UK: Social Integration, Identity and the Role of Classroom Pedagogy’ from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston in 2017. In her doctoral study, she investigated the effects of ESOL for citizenship courses on ESOL learners and teachers. She has been teaching adult learners since 2009 and has worked in various private FE colleges. At present she is working as an academic manager in a language school in Preston, UK. In the future, she would like to focus on the micro ideologies of ESOL teachers regarding immigration and their impact on ESOL learners. She would also like to work on the pedagogical changes needed in ESOL for citizenship provision to facilitate ESOL learners in the host community.

joanna baumgart holds an MA TESOL degree, a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and a PhD on teacher talk in multicultural secondary schools in Ireland, from the University of Limerick. She has worked as a teacher and teacher educator in the area of TESOL and EAL for the...

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