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.
I would like to acknowledge with thanks the support of the University of Limerick Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics for granting me the time and opportunity to work on this book.
This book was made possible by the generosity of its contributors in sharing their work and their stories. I am humbled by their dedication and commitment to their learners and I sincerely hope they feel this volume does them justice.
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