We were delighted to attend the recent launch of Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens: Exploring ESOL and Citizenship, a new book examining the role of ESOL provision in brokering citizenship.
Three RETAS trustees, Tesfalem Yemane, John Calaghan and Mike Baynham, co-authored a chapter discussing how RETAS’ Steps to Settlement Project, which involved ESOL provision, negotiated different aspects of citizenship for newly granted refugees, aiding positive pathways to social and economic integration in the UK.
This book, edited by Melanie Cooke and Rob Peutrell: "addresses the politically charged issue of citizenship and English language learning among adult migrants in the UK. …. [and] draws attention to the crucial role of ESOL teachers as ‘brokers of citizenship’ mediating between national policy and the experiences and needs of adult migrant students.” It’s already received positive reviews on Amazon:
an authoritative and challenging contribution to the still sparse literature on nationalism, citizenship and language teaching
Tesfalem Yemane worked as Employment and Education Advisor with RETAS before joining Growing Points as their Operations Director in November last year. He is currently doing his PhD on Migration Studies at the University of Leeds. John was previously Chair of RETAS' board of trustees. His background is in English and ESOL teaching, before joining the School of Education at the University of Leeds as a researcher. Mike is Professor of TESOL at the University of Leeds, and has a background in applied linguistics and socio-linguistics. All three are actively involved in RETAS as members of our board of trustees.
“We’re delighted that three of our trustees have been invited to contribute to this book, in recognition of their professional expertise and lived experience,” says Fidelis Chebe (RETAS Operations & Development Manager).
John, Tesfalem and Mike’s contribution to the book draws on their knowledge of the RETAS Steps to Settlement project. “The inclusion of Steps to Settlement as a case study is a reflection on the effectiveness of RETAS’ service delivery model,” adds Fidelis. “Steps to Settlement has set the blueprint for service development and delivery at RETAS. It shows the importance of a holistic, partnership-led, person-centred and step-by-step approach to integration. We’re very grateful to ACL (Adult Community Learners) for funding the Steps to Settlement programme, which has gone on to have a lasting impact on how, at RETAS, we help people foster a sense of belonging and a genuine rather than enforced sense of citizenship.”
As the demographic of migrants change with the emergence of new needs, challenges and opportunities, RETAS is immensely enriched by the legacy and lessons drawn from the Steps to Settlement project in modelling new services and delivery approaches to best meet the needs of the wide range of migrants who access our services. We continue to work collaboratively in partnership with organisations and local communities thereby embedding shared citizenships.
Brokering Britain is available from Amazon here.
Kirsty Lambert, RETAS Social Media/ Communications