Rebranding Babel

The London Borough of Newham is looking for a Professional Tutor:

Our client is a single sex secondary school based in the heart of East London.


The school is a specialist Language school and they currently offer an unrivalled range of languages taught on the curriculum and in lunchtime clubs: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Urdu and Yoruba, with plans for more to come.


Johnson said: “We went through a long period in Britain of having kind of multi-culty Balkanisation of our society. We thought it was a very good idea to teach kids in their own language in primary school classes in London. That is a disastrous approach. They should be learning in English.”

But Boris is leaving soon, inne.

As a child -even whiter than I now am, and considerably more intelligent- I would have loved to have learnt Bengali or more than a few phrases of Cantonese, -the languages of several friends without whom I might not have survived the English- but I suspect this language provision is principally aimed at bolstering mother-tongue competence, which people do say is a good thing in infant schools, and at reinforcing ethnic division.

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