We need to find new ways to teach English to immigrants so they don't miss out on the joy of 'The Only Way Is Essex', says Eric Pickles
Wednesday 16 January 2013
New ways to teach English to immigrants must be found so they do not miss out on the “enormous joy” of TV show The Only Way Is Essex, Eric Pickles has said.
The Communities Secretary launched a £6 million fund to encourage radical projects that will help non-speakers to learn the language so they can "improve their circumstances and climb the social ladder".
In a speech on integration hosted by British Future and the Policy Exchange, Mr Pickles warned too many people were closed off from their communities because of a lack of literacy.
The Tory Cabinet minister, who is pushing a move away from translation services, wants community groups, charities and businesses to bid for a share of the money so they can provide "innovative and creative" ways of providing English language programmes.
He said: "The reality is you need English to succeed. You can't really function as a good doctor, a good teacher, a good mechanic or since we're in the Institute for Civil Engineering, you can't be a good engineer if you can't talk the language.
"Just as you can't talk to your neighbour, read a bus timetable, or experience the enormous joy of The Only Way Is Essex."
He added: "Learning English is a passport to prosperity, Britain misses out and our country is poorer if people can't speak our language. Improved English language skills can allow people to interact with their local communities, make friends, gain employment and increase their self-confidence.
"This competition will allow local communities to tailor language services to suit the needs of their area and give people the power to improve their circumstances and climb the social ladder.
"We don't want people to cease being proud of their roots or loose touch with their culture, but learning English should take priority."
Ukip election posters: Nigel Farage defends 'racist' campaign anti-immigration campaign ahead of Europe elections
Ukip leader Nigel Farage defends employing German wife, at launch of anti-immigration poster campaign
Is Britain really a land of God? Furious debate after David Cameron claims we are a Christian country
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Nigel Farage: Calling Ukip’s posters ‘racist’ is yet another example of shameful Westminster evasion
David Cameron's constituency office calls police on food bank campaigners Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Keith Hebden
- 1 William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Man gives barefoot bus passenger the shoes off his feet
- 4 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Concerns grow among search officials that missing jet ‘may have landed somewhere else’
- 5 50-year mystery of the ocean ‘quack’ finally solved by scientists
Excellent Salary Package: Austen Lloyd: This is a rare high level opportunity ...
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: This is an excellent opportunity within...
£80000 - £120000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: US QUALI...
Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: Banking / Finance Associate - We have an exce...