Creating Welcoming Spaces in a ‘Hostile Environment’

Bouttell, Lauren ORCID: and Livingston, Robert (2024) Creating Welcoming Spaces in a ‘Hostile Environment’. In: Adult Education and Difference. Brill, pp. 81-94. ISBN 9789004692626

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The UK government has fostered a ‘hostile environment’ towards migrants over the last seven years. This has particularly impacted people who are refugees and asylum seekers. Despite rhetoric that migrants should learn English, funding for ESOL has been slashed. Initiatives in ESOL are commonly spearheaded by civil society groups, providing essential adult education in their communities. This chapter investigates the multitude of ways inclusive education for newcomers is being provided in the face of government ‘hostility’. The flexibility of non-formal provision yields a more welcoming and empowering environment that recognises the importance of the knowledge migrants carry with them. We explore how emerging methods in ESOL characterise this unique approach to language learning, and move beyond the idea that education for migrants is limited to learning English.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult education,refugees ,sdg 4 - quality education,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/quality_education
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 16:27
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:27
DOI: 10.1163/9789004692626_006

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