English for Speakers of Other Languages
Britain - a diverse society
It is no accident that the term ‘world music’ was coined in a nation whose favourite dish is Chicken Tikka Masala; ever since Sir Francis Drake returned from the Americas with the now humble potato the UK has looked to the rest of the world to expand its culture, tastes and creativity.
These days the ‘Golden Hind’ bobs in the swell of a well-earned retirement, a tourist attraction whose ‘golden’ years are spent as a memorial to world culture and exploration. Her voyage, which took three years, is now an anachronism, replaced by the modern galleons of the Internet, TV and more importantly the multiculturalism of British society.
Reaching a diverse new audience
Britain has a uniquely diverse nation. There is now an estimated minority ethnic population of more than 4 million, 7.1% of the population. Modern Britain is a home to communities from every corner of the globe; their plethoras of cultures, cuisines and skills have been an important force in Britain’s development socially, culturally and economically.
Historically, the British world music audience has, in its ethnic make-up, been somewhat less diverse than the background picture of the UK. It is far from unusual for the musicians on stage to significantly outnumber their compatriots or ex-compatriots in the audience. When Youssou N'Dour, who enjoys enormous success in his homeland of Senegal and indeed across Africa, played WOMAD in 2005, even he failed to draw an audience that was proportionately diverse.
Plans for the 2007 Awards
As a response to this situation, BBC Radio 3 aims to use this years’ awards as an opportunity to better engage BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic Groups) communities in the British World music scene and industry. By delivering a programme of English for Speakers of Other Languages, Radio 3 aims to shape an environment in which there are conditions that enable ethnic minority groups to engage with the Awards and the sector’s development. The program looks at issues of identity and culture, thus strengthening the voices of the cultures that created the music in influencing future programming, as well as in making record companies and other stakeholders more aware of their audiences.
ESOL Education Programme
The ESOL programme will consist of materials designed to inform, enthuse and provoke thought about World Music and the 2007 Awards in particular. The materials will be designed at NQF levels Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 and will be fully mapped to the ESOL core curriculum; there shall also be a set of teacher’s notes to accompany the pack, as well as visual and audio material.
The materials will provide imaginative, fun activities using texts, authentic articles, and World Music and Radio audio. Their focus is the development of real-life communicative skills and powers of self-expression, using and honouring the learners’ own lives as a resource.
Downloadable ESOL Materials
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Radio 3 ESOL Project
Level 2 Game
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