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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.

Freda Mishan is a specialist in language learning materials development, including areas such as materials for intercultural language learning, blended learning and ESOL. She has forty years’ experience in the field of TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), teaching in Italy, the UK and Israel before settling in Ireland. She completed her PhD at the University of Limerick and went on to a post-doctoral research study as an IRC scholar, subsequently lecturing on the Structured PhD and MA TESOL programmes there. She is editor of the Materials Development Association (MATSDA) journal, Folio.