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About Glasgow ESOL Forum

Glasgow ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Forum was created in 1998 by ESOL practitioners.  The aims were to identify and promote examples of good practice and to enable discussion and support for those working in the field.  Our work has evolved since then as the organisation has grown. 

Our Strategic Plan 2018-2023  shows how we hope to aim to build on our expertise and values.  It shows how we aim to respond to needs of ESOL learners in Glasgow until 2023. 

Glasgow ESOL Forum - Our history
 

1998:

Glasgow ESOL Forum created by a group of ESOL practitioners

2000:

Glasgow becomes a dispersal city for refugees arriving in the UK, awaiting an asylum decision

2002:

Volunteer Tutor Project launched in response to an increase in demand for ESOL and volunteers willing to offer their skills

2004:     

Glasgow ESOL Forum becomes a charitable incorporated organisation

Glasgow ESOL Forum develops PDA ESOL Literacies qualification in partnership with Learning Connections

2006:

ESOL for Work project launched to create partnerships with employers to support ESOL learners in the workplace, funded by the Scottish Government Equalities Fund

2007: 

The Adult ESOL Strategy for Scotland is launched by the Scottish Executive

2009:

Glasgow ESOL Forum becomes an SQA-accredited centre

2014:

Scottish Government’s first strategy on refugees is launched – New Scots refugee integration strategy, focusing on partnership working.

2015:     

Scottish Government launches its revised ESOL strategy ‘Welcoming Our Learners’

2016 :    

Glasgow ESOL Forum secures Scottish Government funding to support our Volunteer Tutor Project with a national focus on volunteers in ESOL delivery

2016 :    

Glasgow ESOL Forum contributes to ESOL partnerships in Glasgow towards the launch the Glasgow ESOL Register to improve the process of applying for ESOL classes

2018:

Scottish Government launches New Scots Refugee Strategy (2018-2020) with an additional theme of ‘language’

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