An Analysis of ESOL Provision in the UK and Its Potential Future Development

Zhilong ZHANG


ESOL provision plays an important role in immigrants’ settlement in the UK. Through previous research, it is found that ESOL provision is influenced by community, funding, immigration policy, learners’ needs for survival, and the current view of worldwide language. With the aim to study the correlation among these factors and the potential future of ESOL development in the UK, the author has reviewed relevant history and current concerns of ESOL provision and found that the need for ESOL provision is still increasing but that demand always exceeds provision and the inconsistency of funding results in learners’ lack of support. The major issues of ESOL provision are still the range of learners and consistency coherence of funding.


ESOL Provision; Historical Development; Current Concerns; Funding

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