The Integrated Communities English Language Programme, due to commence in April 2019, aims to tackle a lack of English language skills, which has been identified as one of the key causes of poor integration. The programme is being provided by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). MHCLG is offering funding to providers that are able to run new programmes which offer creative ways of teaching English to local residents.
The initiative will target adult learners, particularly women, who may be isolated by their inability to speak the language, and help them integrate into British society. This will be achieved by building their confidence to engage outside their immediate community and mix with people from different backgrounds, alongside improving proficiency in English.
The aim is to provide learning that focuses on handling practical daily scenarios, such as visiting the doctor, speaking to neighbours or teachers, helping children with schoolwork, shopping or accessing services from the Council.
Through the programme, MHCLG wants to build learning pathways so that participants can progress into classes suitable for them as their proficiency grows. To enable this, it will be essential for providers to build and develop strong links and partnerships with other local English language providers.