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Funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

Funding is being reduced and is in some cases disappearing for providing ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages), typically in Further Education colleges, whether those needing it are under or over 18 years of age and whether or not they are recent immigrants or from so-called settled communities.

This limits the work that can be done by those needing to improve their written and spoken English and it limits their prospects. This has adverse effects economically both for the families concerned and nationally - it being the case that those working in the UK but not born here contribute more to the economy (e.g. via taxes) than they take out.

This also has adverse effects socially, both for the families concerned and for UK society generally, as you need language to intergrate, contribute to children’s education, and to understand and discuss national developments, among many other things. A secondary but important effect of these cuts is that trained and experienced ESOL teachers are becoming redundant, which has serious consequences for them and their families and also entails the loss of their considerable skills

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After 20 years of teaching ESOL, I lost my job to the cuts

After 20 years of teaching ESOL in the same Further Education College, I lost my job to the cuts a few years short of retirement. This is personally difficult as I am now attempting to re-enter the job market at a time when I would be starting to look forward to well-earned retirement (not that my pension would come to any more than 25% of my very modest salary), and also when jobs in my area of training and expertise are disappearing.


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Posted by: Alec Turer at 10:06am on 10 February 2011

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