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English As a Second Language (First and Second Phase Teaching)

Innovative teaching techniques for new South Asian pupils learning English in secondary schools

Training film/TV programme 1973 19 mins


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. This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.