Enhancing Access to English Language in and for the Workplace

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The paper will explore the impact on ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning of the current UK focus on improving the skills of employed adults in the workforce. It will consider the implications for practice of the policy levers for change that are shifting the focus of ESOL towards employability. These include the active encouragement of employers to train their migrant workers, and the introduction of new ‘ESOL for Work’ qualifications alongside pre-existing ESOL ‘Skills for Life’(1) awards. Using three case studies the paper will examine the challenges faced by one experienced London-based provider in developing and re-orienting generic ESOL provision towards employability. The paper will then identify the range of issues which need to be addressed by all stakeholders-employers, employees/learners, unions, providers of adult education and training, funding agencies and policy makers- in order to ensure that these learning programmes meet stakeholders’ needs and are effective in improving English language and literacy skills in or for the workplace. The paper will be of interest to those developing work-based learning opportunities for a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce.

(1)Skills for Life is the UK Government’s strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills launched in 2001

Keywords: English for Speakers of Other Languages, Employability, Migrant Workers, Language and Literacy, Work-Based Learning, Employers, Adult Education and Training, Diverse Workforce
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , Enhancing Access to English Language in and for the Workplace

Pamela Frame

Teacher Educator-ESOL, Continuing and Professional Education
Institute of Education, University Of London

London, UK

Pamela Frame is a teacher educator working on Initial Teacher Training programmes for the post-compulsory sector at the Instutute of Education in London.She has a particular responsiblity for the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) pathway of a part-time pre-service/in-service programme which delivers fully integrated generic and specialist teacher training in literacy and ESOL.Pamela has a first degree in English from the University of Sussex and post-graduate qualifications in language teaching and in educational management in the post-compulsory sector.She worked as a teacher trainer and senior curriculum manager in further education for over 30 years and has been an educational consultant for the last ten. She is a part-time inspector. She is an active member of the management council of NATECLA (National Association for the Teaching of English and other Community Languaes to Adults)and their spokesperson on ESOL learner qualifications.

Anne Greenall

ESOL Curriculum Leader, A Further and Adult Community Education College
London, UK

Anne works closely with senior management of the college to plan and deliver high quality ESOL provision in college or other venues. She is an experienced ESOL practitioner and manager who makes regular contributions to national conferences and workshops.She has a particular interest in ESOL qualifications having worked with two Awarding Bodies in the development of the ESOL Skills for Life qualifications and co-authored with Pamela Frame a guidance handbook for providers. She has represented NATECLA throughout the development of the ESOL for Work qualifications.

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