Around 900,000 people in England and Wales are ‘non-proficient’ in English, according to the 2011 census. Adults with poor English skills can struggle to access education, find work, participate in their communities or support their children’s learning.

Our vision is that all adults who could benefit have the opportunities to participate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning. Through our ongoing work we’re evidencing ESOL’s potential to impact positively on the lives of adults in terms of health, employment, education and participation in communities and everyday life.

We are working to improve investment in ESOL for access to appropriate, high-quality provision that empowers individuals to take greater control of their lives and helps to reduce costs and inefficiencies in other public services. To achieve this we are influencing policy, to secure more integrated, coherent and effective learning opportunities in ESOL, and developing effective practice in the delivery of ESOL, focussing on approaches that secure progression and positive outcomes for the most disadvantaged.


Related resources, articles and films:


English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL – Policy for Wales – Welsh Government 

ESOL Toolkit for Practitioners and Managers working with black and minority ethnic adult learners

ESOL in Wales:  Learning from the Voluntary Sector

Citizenship materials for ESOL Learners in Wales Part 1Part 2

How education can overcome the toxic politics of immigration (The Learning and Work Institute England site)

A vital conversation everyone should join (The Learning and Work Institute England site)

ESOL ONline – 2016 Adult Learner’s Week award winning group