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ESOL in the Workplace

Thursday 4th October 2007 - ESOL in the Workplace, MIC, Euston, London, 10:00am – 1:30pm with buffet lunch.

This event provided an opportunity to network, share experiences and explore the issues around ESOL in the Workplace.

The event was for practitioners and managers and aimed to explore the most overwhelming issue facing providers this year and next year, which is the sheer volume of demand and how best to deliver this. Demand is greatest at Entry Level 1 and Entry Level 2 and includes increasing requests for ESOL for citizenship.

For many, learning English is a matter of urgency. Migrant workers recognise the need to communicate with local populations and are over-represented amongst the unemployed and low paid. However, the demand for ESOL far outstrips supply in many regions.

This event provided examples of experience and good practice, a forum for discussion, and considered the implications for ESOL delivery in the post-Leitch landscape.


Keynote Speakers

John Tempest, Director of Skills for Life South West Region, South West Skills for Life Unit, LSC South West.

Barbara Smith, Head of Learning & Skills Strategy and Development, South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA).


During the day all delegates had the opportunity to attend two of the following workshops:

  • Developing an ESOL programme for the workplace
  • Tapping the Reservoir of Skills: Understanding the impact of English language needs and provision
  • ESOL for work qualifications
  • Engaging the ESOL learner: innovative approaches to introducing English language learning

Further Information

If you require any further information regarding this event then please contact thenetwork@lancaster.ac.uk.

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