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November 14, 2013

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UK - English teaching projects awarded £6m

e3-project.jpgSix projects across England have been awarded £6m in government funding to teach English to the public using non-conventional methods.

They competed for funding with the aim of reaching 24,000 non-English speakers in so-called priority areas across London, the Midlands and the North.

The projects will be given funding initially but then encouraged to become self-sustaining.

Councils have been told they must encourage people to speak English.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles told local authorities in March they should encourage speaking English by not translating documents into foreign languages.

He said: "Speaking English is crucial to allow us to come together and be part of British society. People are unable to do this and are condemned to a limited life if they can't speak our language."

Jan Bros, director at one of the six projects, the London based e3 Partnership, said learning English was far more preferable to relying on translators.

She said: '"It is better to empower individuals to undertake things for themselves than encourage them to be passive.

"Our learners would rather be able to have conversations themselves than rely on family members to do everything for them."

Read the full article from the BBC.

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