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ESOL Provision in the UK and Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities


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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Table 0.1. Equivalences ESOL, CEFR, SCQF

Table 2.1. Participants of the semi-structured interviews

Table 2.2. Research design of the study

Table 2.3. Responses to the ESOL teachers’ questionnaire

Table 9.1. Hours of LESLLA training and continued professional development

Table 9.2. Participants’ employment status

Table 9.3. Pre-test results

Table 9.4. Post-test results

Table 11.1. Categorisation of the Fields of Culture into the Pentagon of Culture

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