The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language 1973


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


English as a Second Language 1973

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Murgatroyd

Britain education system gets to grips with multiculturalism in this best practice video from Dean High School in Bolton, where in effect every teacher becomes an English teacher. Innovative at the time, specialist language teachers run through the basics in small concentrated classes with the aim of getting the young Indian and Pakistani teenagers fully integrated into normal secondary school classes and culturally modifying lessons where needed.

This progressive approach, providing concentrated support for new students, could be hailed as a shining example of the schools system actively engaging with the new and diverse student bodies that were coming through in the late 70s. The Deane High School opened in 1970 and had a total of 600 pupils, of whom a third were of Indian or Pakistani origin in 1973.

Directed by

Alan Murgatroyd


Ronald Harvi


Training film/TV programme


Teaching Foreign languages English language Asian community in Great Britain School Children


South Asian Britain on Film




United Kingdom

Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

The map


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later