" [language is] the path to get better at everything in my life." [3]

Engagement to develop the New Scots refugee integration strategy identified language as crucial to all elements of integration.

Objectives and Actions

The following initial actions set out the work related to language, which will be progressed in the first instance:

Outcome: Refugees and asylum seekers live in safe, welcoming and cohesive communities and are able to build diverse relationships and connections.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

Refugees have the opportunity to share their language and culture with their local communities.

Promote good practice, in which the home language of refugees is used in positive ways.

Outcome: Refugees and asylum seekers understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements, and are able to exercise them to pursue full and independent lives.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

Refugees and asylum seekers have the opportunity to achieve the language and the language qualifications they need to progress to further learning or employment.

Continue to monitor the uptake of ESOL qualifications from Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework ( SCQF) level 2 to SCQF level 6, across sectors (school, college and community providers) in Scotland.

Identify possible gaps in relation to preparation and orientation for academic study, to enable students to access further and higher education.

Gather evidence of any barriers to offering ESOL qualifications and identify ways to overcome these barriers.

Explore how digital technology could be used to increase access to ESOL provision for learners in areas where provision is limited.

Newly arrived adults and young people with language and literacy needs know about their options for language acquisition, and effective practice is promoted and shared.

Consider initial assessment practice with ESOL practitioners, with a view to developing guidance on good practice on different approaches and outcomes for pre-literate learners.

Continue to promote the Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA) ESOL qualifications to practitioners across the sectors (school, college and community providers), to raise awareness of the value of qualifications for learners.

Outcome: Refugees and asylum seekers are able to access well-coordinated services, which recognise and meet their rights and needs.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

Those working with refugees and asylum seekers improve their understanding of the language barriers and how to overcome them.

Develop, trial and evaluate an online learning module on supporting bilingual learners in the school sector.

Agree and explore approaches to ESOL delivery that take account of the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, by working through local ESOL partnerships to create effective models of practice.

Consider use of an online learning facility for learning or training opportunities related to language.