British EL course providers now have a duty to safeguard students against extremism as part of the government’s anti-terrorism Prevent strategy. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, language schools, colleges and universities must ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.
For the first time, a song entirely in English will represent Spain in the next Eurovision festival, according to El País newspaper. A mixed jury of national and international experts and members of the public voted for the song ‘Say Yay!’ by the Spanish vocalist Barei.
Two students enjoy an unusual Esol classroom: the Painted Hall, a baroque masterpiece within one of the most famous London landmarks, the Old Royal Naval College at the heart of Unesco-heritage-listed Maritime Greenwich.
It was with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – a body awarding grants to improve the UK’s heritage conservation and accessibility – in 2013 that the Esol programmes started. They have so far involved over 1,500 learners from further education colleges and other community providers from all over London.
The UK Home Office announced new English testing requirements for migrants in January, but misspelled ‘language’ in the press release, the Guardian reported. Red-faced officials were forced to correct the error – they’d spelt the word ‘langauge’ in a headline for the online announcement of new language requirements for the Tier 2 visa. Even a BBC Radio 4 presenter called it ‘beyond parody’ that the Home Office could misspell a word announcing a requirement for migrants to learn English.