Speaking up

This report from the UK think tank the British Future looks at the case for universal fluency in English.

Fluency in English is foundational to integration. It helps migrants find work and enables them to become part of community life. Migrants and refugees who are unable to speak English have restricted job prospects and are also more vulnerable to exploitation. Yet data from the 2011 Census showed that 844,000 people living in England – some 1.6% of all residents – did not speak English well or at all. ‘Speaking up: The case for universal fluency in English’ examines current provision to help people learn English, the barriers to accessing ESOL teaching and British Future’s recommendations for an English language strategy which aims for universal fluency.

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