English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is the provision of English language classes for people whose first language is not English.

These might include people from settled minority ethnic communities in Scotland, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers.

In schools, English language support comes under the heading English as an Additional Language (EAL), where the support is wider to encompass support for children and young people to access the school curriculum.

Policy context

The Adult ESOL Strategy and supporting policies are evidence of a real commitment to support and better the lives of 'New Scots'.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Curriculum Framework

This Framework provides a useful tool for ESOL practitioners working in all sectors throughout Scotland.

CLD Regulations

This legislation set out requirements for community learning and development in Scotland.