Enhancing Access to English Language in and for the Workplace

By Pamela Frame and Anne Greenall.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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 and for learners’ access of the policy changes 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’ awards. Using three case examples the paper examines the challenges faced by one experienced London-based provider in developing and re-orienting generic ESOL provision towards a work focus.The paper identifies the range of issues to be addressed to ensure that the learning programmes meet both employer and employees’/ learners’needs and expectations, and that they 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.

Keywords: English for Speakers of Other Languages, Employability, Migrant Workers, Language and Literacy, Work-based Learning, Employers, Adult Education and Training, Diverse Workforce

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.197-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.256MB).

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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