Teachers Seek Help to Deal with Rise in Foreign-Born Pupils

Graeme Paton, Telegraph (London), October 28, 2013

Figures show an increase in the number of school teachers who are going back to the classroom to get a qualification in TEFL–teaching English as a foreign language.

Teachers are paying for extra evening classes and weekend courses to enable them to deal with a surge in the number of children who speak English as a second language, research suggests.

The number of classroom teachers gaining qualifications in “English as a foreign language” has increased by as much as 77 per cent in just a year, it emerged.

In most cases, teachers are paying for lessons from their own pocket to enable them to adequately cater for pupils who speak other languages in the home.

The disclosure follows the publication of figures showing that record numbers of children in state schools do not have English as their mother tongue.

In the last academic year, more than one million children were officially registered as speaking other languages such as Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Somali, Portuguese, French and Polish in the home.

One-in-five pupils in primary education speak English as a second language. In some parts of inner London, native English speakers are now in a minority, with the proportion as low as a quarter in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham and Westminster.

New research by i-to-i, an educational company, shows that rising numbers of classroom teachers are now seeking additional qualifications in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) to “improve the learning experience” of pupils in their classes.

James Jenkin, the organisation’s academic director, said: “We’ve seen a surge in demand over the last year from qualified teachers looking to teach English as a second language students in UK classrooms.

“In an area heavily populated with students who speak English as a second language, having no training in teaching these students is detrimental to their education and potentially to the teacher’s career.”

The company surveyed people on its TEFL course between May and August this year.

It found that 117 of the 361 students were existing classroom teachers. This compared with 66 at the same stage a year earlier.

It emerged that around half of the qualified classroom teachers on this year’s course lived in London, which has the largest number of children speaking other languages.

Of those teachers taking courses in TEFL, which typically cost up to £299, and are not funded by schools, 89 per cent said they did it to “improve the learning experience of their English as a second language students”.

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  • Spartacus

    Yet another benefit of diversity… I’m not religious myself, but I can’t help but think about the story of the Tower of Babel from the Old Testament . The people there tried to build a tower so tall that it would reach the heavens, and God punished them for their arrogance by making them speak different languages, so they couldn’t understand each other and therefore not manage to finish the tower . You’d think those open-border Evangelicals would get the point of that story, but no… Well, God, if he exists, will punish them for their arrogance as well, just as he did in biblical times. And if there is no God, then their little pets will eat them all the same.

    • Andy

      That’s hilarious.

      And boy, has architecture gone downhill.

      • Sick of it

        I feel the same way. Buildings in the modern world are very ugly compared to what we once built.

        • Spartacus

          That’s because they have an in-built agenda these days…

  • e2657383

    I don’t particularly mind seeing White European languages proliferate…although I would prefer if they spoke English.

  • borogirl54

    It is going to get worse. In January, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will be allowed to live and work in other EU countries without restrictions that have been in place since both countries joined the EU in 2007. There are already thousands of Eastern Europeans living on the streets of the UK, http://www.debatingeurope.eu/2013/05/24/should-temporary-restrictions-on-romanian-and-bulgarian-workers-be-extended/#.UnGi-JV3tjo

    • Spartacus

      You do realize your government is only using the small number of Gypsies (I’m assuming those are what you’re worried about, and not actual Romanians and Bulgarians) who are coming to Britain to draw attention from the much larger number of Africans and southern Asians moving there, right ?

      • borogirl54

        The gypsies are already there. In France, gypsy camps were destroyed and the families were sent back to Romania. But due to lack of work, some of them returned to France illegally. In the UK, children as young as 7 or 8 steal from people rather than go to school. The money eventually ends up in Romania, where the crime bosses build large homes. As far as Africans and South Asians, the British government has talked about charging these people an entrance bond that they forfeit if they do not leave the country when their visas expire.

      • saxonsun

        No country needs Bulgarians.

        • Spartacus

          Least of all Bulgaria, right ?

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    “In some parts of inner London, native English speakers are now in a minority, with the proportion as low as a quarter in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham and Westminster.”
    Sinful. Only at this point in history would Englishmen not fight back against an invasion.

  • joesolargenius

    The simple solution for solving this problem is to pass a law stating that all children must speak English fluently before they will be allowed into public schools, this will create business opportunities for charter schools to take in these non english speaking children and help prepare them for admittance into the state school system.
    Or we could just send them all home and save a lot of trouble !

    • IstvanIN

      My grandfather couldn’t start school until he spoke English. His mother was told to bring him back when he could.

      • JDInSanD

        My grandmother had her first name anglicized by the nuns on her first day of Kindergarten and that’s the name she had on her high school diploma.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      The dirty little secret in California is Hispanics don’t really want to attend our schools, or any schools for that matter. The dropout rate is astronomical, and the underground illegal economy is open to anchor babies too. The old European immigrant model doesn’t really apply – mom & dad speak broken English, but kids go to school and become professionals. The Hispanic model is closer to mom never learns English, works as a maid paid under the table, lives in public housing and gets welfare for the anchors, dad lives with them and drinks the money away, anchor boys start gangbanging and dealing drugs at the earliest opportunity, anchor girls bring their own spawn into the world at 13.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    As a Californian, I can tell you this is how it starts. Teachers struggling to accommodate the invaders. Soon it will be demands for natives to step aside for minority teachers to teach in invader languages exclusively, and anyone who objects to be shouted down as a racist.

  • bigone4u

    “Mouse eat cheese.” The situation is similar at some US universities. Neither the Hindu profs, Chinese profs, and students from a variety of countries speak English as we know it. I once set up a seminar for profs who did not speak English. The lady professor who taught it started with a picture of a mouse and a cheese. “Mouse eat cheese.” Hilarious, but pathetic.

    • Sick of it

      As much as college costs, we should not have to put up with professors speaking a foreign language. I once had a professor who only spoke Chinese.

      • IstvanIN

        I graduated college way back in 1981 and had to put up with an indecipherable Hindu for a computer programing class (the smart kids taught the rest of us) and Chinese physics lab instructors (we just went out in the hall and the smart kids gave the rest of us the results). Absolutely worthless as instructors. The Hindu actually missed the first two weeks because he was coming from India!

        • bigone4u

          They shouldn’t be employed in universities. The white and Mexican students (and probably the blacks too) hate them, but PC keeps the hate under wraps somewhat.

          • saxonsun

            I teach college English. All students hate the Asian teachers because no one can understand them.

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          Hah. I had an African “professor” who had allegedly been involved in the creation of the IBM Token Ring LAN. He was capable of nothing more than repeating the questions back he was asked. And he was supposedly a PhD. AA gone wild. You still out there Dr. B?

  • IstvanIN

    Prince George will never be king.

    • Sick of it

      Depends upon whether or not people are willing to fight for their freedom. His family is part of the push for globalism and a one world government.

  • guest

    Only a fool would believe that diversity means respect for all races and cultures. All it really means is that whites must throw away their own lives and cultures to accommodate for non-white foreigners.

  • David Albert

    Have you ever journeyed through the streets of Scotland, Ireland, or England on Google (they want me to capitalize google)? I have spent many hours traveling through the streets of foreign lands on this site (I am retired and don’t give a “gumdoongie”). I have yet to see the “African Invasion!” I’m not saying it hasn’t happened, but I can’t find it on the street view. Perhaps those of you who who know where the “African” concentrations are can let me know. I love the looks of the homes around Loch Ness. Maybe one day I will move there. Too bad the fishing sucks!

    • Spartacus

    • watling

      Try Brixton, Streatham, Balham, Tulse Hill, Tottenham, Harlesden, most of South London. Most of East London is non-white, with the Indian sub-continent well represented.

      Also, try this video:


  • IKantunderstand

    There have been ads in my local newspaper for literacy volunteers. It turns out what they want are brainwashed Whites who are willing to pay fourty five dollars for the materials to teach English as a second language. In other words, not only do they want us to support immigration and our replacement, but, they also expect us to teach these immigrants for free. (After we have paid for the teaching materials). Are you kidding me? Please, White people, do not volunteer to do anything for people who are not White. Save your charity for White people only. The world will actually notice if all we good doer Whites STOPPED.

  • dd121

    Memo from the teachers union to address any random problem: send more money.