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Welcoming Our Learners  Scotlands ESOL Strategy 2015-2020 Launch Event 1st April 2015 - Posted 27/04/2015

 

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Science, Learning and Scotland’s Languages

 

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Science, Learning and Scotland’s Language

 

 

Dr Alasdair Allan and Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director, Education Scotland

 

Dr Alasdair Allan and Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director, Education Scotland

 

On Wednesday 1st April, Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Science, Learning and Scotland’s Languages launched the refreshed ESOL strategy for Scotland in Edinburgh. The refreshed strategy gives strategic direction for the next 5 years and is aligned to the strategic objectives for Adult Learning in Scotland.

 

The launch event included contributions from ESOL providers and their learners to highlight the positive impact that ESOL provision has had on the lives of those in Scotland whose first language is not English.

 

Edinburgh Community Learning and Development highlighted the work they have done with young people through the “ESOL and me” project. The young people involved in the project also took the opportunity to say a few words at the event.

 

The “ESOL and me” project

 

 

Information leaflet

 

Presentation

 

'ESOL and Me' video

 

An ESOL learner supported by Stirling Council and Forth Valley College – Ivaylo, then gave a short input about his experiences of coming to Scotland, the support he has received to help improve his English and his future ambitions.

 

Ivaylo

 

A video of ESOL learners highlighting their views of learning English and the impact learning English has had on their lives was shown.

 

'ESOL Learners' video

 

City of Glasgow College talked about an inspirational ESOL learner who has maintained a positive outlook on life and a positive attitude to learning and language learning, despite the challenges, trauma and difficulties she has faced. Her views were captured in a short video clip.

 

'Christine' video

 

The afternoon was dedicated to discussions focussing on some of the strategic objectives within the refreshed strategy. A summary of the discussions is available here:

 

Discussion notes

 

The refreshed strategy is available on the Education Scotland website.

 

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